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Species Sphex ichneumoneus - Great Golden Digger Wasp

Sphex ichneumoneus? - Sphex ichneumoneus - male Great Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus Great Golden Digger Wasp? - Sphex ichneumoneus Great Golden Digger Wasp, Ferson Creek Fen Park - Sphex ichneumoneus - female Great Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus - male Great golden digger wasp? - Sphex ichneumoneus wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus - female Sphex ichneumoneus with prey - Sphex ichneumoneus - female
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 Sphecini
Genus Sphex
Species ichneumoneus (Great Golden Digger Wasp)
Explanation of Names
Sphex ichneumoneus (Linnaeus 1758)
ichneumoneus = 'tracker'(1)
Size
15-27 mm
Identification
A robust sphecid, frequent on flowers and very active. Head and thorax have golden hair. Abdomen black with orange/red on first segment.
Range
southern Canada (transcontinental) to the neotropics
Habitat
Fields, meadows, with sandy areas nearby
Season
Jun-Oct in NC(2), Aug-Oct in KS, Jul-Aug further north. As early as April in FL.
Food
Feeds its young on various types of Orthoptera
Life Cycle
Female digs burrow almost vertically. Cells are dug radiating out from central tunnel. Larvae are provisioned with crickets, camel crickets, katydids (long-horned grasshoppers). One paralyzed prey is placed in each cell, and one egg is laid on it. One generation per year.
Print References
(3)(4)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Wasp Farm
Howard Ensign Evans. 1963. Comstock Publishing.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
4.California Insects
Jerry A. Powell, Charles L. Hogue. 1989. University of California Press.