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Genus Campsomeris

bee? - Campsomeris tolteca - female Scoliid wasp - Campsomeris ? - Campsomeris tolteca - male Nectar feeding - Campsomeris plumipes - male Scoliid Wasp? - Campsomeris dorsata - female Campsomeris dorsata Focus Stack - Campsomeris dorsata - female Campsomeris plumipes - male Campsomeris  - Campsomeris Medium Sized Hairy Wasp - Campsomeris - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Scolioidea
Family Scoliidae (Scoliid Wasps)
Subfamily Campsomerinae
Genus Campsomeris
Other Common Names
Scarab-hunter Wasp
Explanation of Names
Campsomeris Guérin 1838
~10 spp. in our area
15-30 mm
Wings dark with wrinkles near outer margin. Head, thorax, legs, typically black or dark brown. Abdomen with yellow/dark banding or spots.
C. plumipes and C. quadrimaculata widespread in east. C. pilipes in w. US
Apr-Oct in NC
Eric Eaton has pointed out that there is considerable taxonomic confusion in Scoliidae, so that has to be a caveat in any photo identified as to genus here.
According to Nick Fensler: The females Campsomeris as well as other members of the Campsomerinae use white grubs (Scarabaeidae) as food for their young. Unlike sphecids, eumenines, and pompilids these wasps do not appear to have any type of prey transportation and dig to the ground-dwelling beetle larvae, sting it to paralyze it, and then lay an egg. They may dig around the grub to form a small cell. Since they use this nesting strategy they are often seen flying low to the ground (searching) in a figure eight pattern (but the flight pattern gets more erratic when they "smell" something). The adults use nectar as a food source and are common on flowers.
See Also
male Mutillidae