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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
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Family Crabronidae

Square-headed Wasp - Ectemnius cephalotes Shield-Legged Wasp - Crabro villosus - male Larrini? - Tachysphex Possible leaf-cutter bee - Anacrabro ocellatus Sand Wasp in the Subfamily Bembicinae - Steniolia Beewolf Wasp (Philanthus gibbosus) - Philanthus gibbosus Wasp - Diploplectron Sky-blue eyes wasp - Philanthus - male
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
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly lumped with Sphecidae(1)
1225 spp. in 98 genera of 6 subfamilies in our area(2); almost 8,800 spp. in >240 genera of 8 subfamilies worldwide(3)
Overview of our fauna (* –taxa not yet in the guide)
Family Crabronidae
Subfamily Bembicinae
Tribe Bembicini
Subfamily Crabroninae
Tribe Crabronini
Tribe Larrini
Subtribe Larrina Larra, Liris (subg. Leptolarra, *Motes)
Subfamily Mellininae
Subfamily Pemphredoninae
Subfamily Philanthinae
Larvae feed on prey captured and brought to the nest by adult wasps. The type of prey varies according to species of wasp, but includes aphids, bees, beetles, bugs, butterflies & moths, cicadas, cockroaches, crickets, flies, grasshoppers, hoppers, mantids, and spiders.
A few species are kleptoparasitic, providing their larvae with prey that was captured by other species of wasps.
Life Cycle
Nest-sharing occurs in some subfamilies, especially Pemphredoninae and Philanthinae. Nesting habits and prey of FL spp.