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Family Tiphiidae - Tiphiid Wasps

Cocoon - Tiphia vernalis Bee Tiphiid wasps? - Paratiphia - male - female scoliid wasp? - male - female Tephiidae, dorsal Tephiidae, head Tiphiid Wasp - Tiphia Bee or Wasp from Caspers - Paratiphia
Classification
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 Tiphioidea
Family Tiphiidae (Tiphiid Wasps)
Other Common Names
Flower Wasps
Numbers
225 spp. in 21 genera of 5 subfamilies in our area(1), ~1,500 spp. in ~70 genera of 7 subfamilies worldwide[Cite:]
Size
our spp. 6-26 mm(1), worldwide 3-35 mm or more
Identification
males (always winged) have an upcurved hook at the tip of the abdomen; female wings non-striate distally (unlike in the Scoliidae)
Food
parasitoids of subterranean beetle larvae (especially of Scarabaeoidea, Tenebrionidae, and Cicindelinae) and various bees/wasps occurring in soil or rotten wood(1) (one Australian sp. parasitise mole crickets); adults feed on nectar