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)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly lumped with Sphecidae(1)
; paraphyletic group with respect to bees (the latter arise from within Crabronidae)(2)
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)
Subtribe Gorytina *Arigorytes
Subtribe Crabronina Crabro
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.
Nest-sharing occurs in some subfamilies, especially Pemphredoninae and Philanthinae. Nesting habits and prey
of FL spp.