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Species Ammophila procera

Digger Wasp - Ammophila procera Thread-waisted Wasp? - Ammophila procera - male thread-waisted wasp - Ammophila procera Ichneumon Wasp with caterpillar - Ammophila procera Ammophila - Ammophila procera - female Neat big wasp - Ammophila procera wasp - Ammophila procera Ammophila sp? placida? - Ammophila procera - female
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)
No Taxon (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Ammophilinae
Genus Ammophila
Species procera (Ammophila procera)
25-38 mm
A. procera is a widespread and common species in eastern North America. It has fairly distinctive, bold silver dashes (front-most interrupted) on the thorax, and is one of the largest members of the genus. However, certain identification as to species is probably not plausible based on photographs.

An example of what is probably A. procera:

Widespread in North America
Varied. Often seen on flowers.
June-October, mostly July-August (Michigan). May-October (North Carolina)
Adults take nectar.
Life Cycle
Provisions nest with sawfly or lepidopteran caterpillars.
See Also
Other Ammophila species.
Print References
Salsbury, pp. 284-285, has photo of A. procera and description. (1)
Works Cited
1.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.