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Genus Prionyx

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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)
No Taxon (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Prionychini
Genus Prionyx
Numbers
7 spp. in our area(1), ~60 spp. worldwide(2)
Identification
"Relatively compact body, short petiole, globose abdomen are all characteristics to look for" - Eric Eaton
Range
much of the world, mostly in drier regions(2)
Habitat
Open areas from prairies and deserts to vacant lots and fields.
Food
Adults feed on flower nectar. Female wasps secure adult grasshoppers (Acrididae) as live, paralyzed food for their offspring. Prey is stored in a burrow, an egg laid upon it, and the burrow sealed.
Print References
Bohart, R.M., Menke, A.S. (1963). A Reclassification of the Sphecinae: With a Revision of the Nearctic Species of the Tribes Sceliphronini and Sphecini (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Univ. of Cal. Publ. in Entomology, 30(2): 91–192.