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Genus Bicyrtes

Sand Wasp - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Sand wasp (female) - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus - female hornet? - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Bicyrtes Lateral Focus Stack  - Bicyrtes capnopterus Sand Wasp - Bicyrtes viduatus Sand wasp on mint blooms - Bicyrtes variegatus - female Wasp - Bicyrtes Bee Anthidium? Bembicini? - Bicyrtes ventralis - 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 Crabronidae
Subfamily Bembicinae
Tribe Bembicini (Sand Wasps)
Subtribe Bembicina
Genus Bicyrtes
Other Common Names
Sand Wasps (also applied to genus Bembix, which is closely related)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bicyrtes Lepeletier 1845
Explanation of Names
Latin bis 'two' + Greek kyrtos 'humped' --refers to two projections from the middle of the body (1)
Numbers
8 spp. in our area(2), 27 spp. total(3)
Identification
key to spp. in(4)
Range
New World genus (Canada to Panama, West Indies); throughout the US and adjacent Canada(2)(3)
Habitat
Found at fields with flowers. Nests in sandy soil.
Life Cycle
Provision nests with true bugs, esp. Pentatomidae, also Coreidae), and sometimes Reduviidae; the nest is "mass-provisioned", i.e., stocked just once, then closed (1)(5)(6)