Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
, 1758). Synonyms, etc.:
Sphex ichneumonea (spelling/gender)
Explanation of Names
Species name, ichneumoneus, is Greek for tracker (1)
A robust sphecid, frequent on flowers and very active. Head and thorax have golden hair. Abdomen black with orange/red on first segment.
United States and southern Canada, south into neotropics
Fields, meadows, with sandy areas nearby
June-October (North Carolina), August-October (Kansas), July-August further north. As early as April in Florida.
Takes nectar at flowers. Feeds its young on various types of paralyzed Orthoptera.
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.
Arnett and Jacques, #289 (2)
Evans, The Wasps
--discusses life history briefly, gives bibliography, p. 56, photo with prey, plate 5 (5)
Lutz, 3rd. ed., plate 99--Chlorion ichneumonea (6)
Milne, p. 845, fig. 456 (7)
Powell, p. 341, fig. 442 (8)
Salsbury, p. 283--photo (9)
Dick Walton Natural History Services
. Video of nesting behavior and parasites.