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

Wasp - Ectemnius wasp - Crossocerus A black paper wasp? - Astata Crabonidae near beach - Crabro Unknown Hymenoptera w/ prey - Philanthus gibbosus Aphid Wasp? - Pemphredon inornata Bicyrtes sp. - Bicyrtes - female Eumeninae? white face - Eucerceris
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); paraphyletic group with respect to bees (the latter arise from within Crabronidae)(2)
Explanation of Names
Crabronidae Latreille 1802
1225 spp. in 98 genera of 6 subfamilies in our area(3); almost 8,800 spp. in >240 genera of 8 subfamilies worldwide(4)
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.