Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

National Moth Week photos of insects and people. Here's how to add your images.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#1093546
Wasp 063015 ID - Tachytes distinctus - female

Wasp 063015 ID - Tachytes distinctus - Female
Barling, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA
June 30, 2015
Wasp with grasshopper prey.

Images of this individual: tag all
Wasp 063015 ID - Tachytes distinctus - female Wasp 063015 ID - Tachytes distinctus - female

Moved
Moved from Tachytes.

Female - Tachytes distinctus
Cliff, let me tell a few things about her.
1. - Base of mandible light colored = Pass
2. - Red legs (one of the two varieties, mostly red or mostly black hind-femora) = Pass
3. - Females with 3 pale abdominal stripes = Pass
4. - Silver or golden reflective pubescence on edge of scutum = Pass
5. - Slightly darkened wing tips, with orange bases = Pass
6. - Marbled speckles of black on olive-green eyes = Pass
7. - Apparently a large sized species (check size of prey to verify) = Pass
Take a look here for more info and images of pinned specimens: ♀ What do you think?

 
Thanks Bob
for the description and I agree with the ID. My only question is does it occur in AR. Apparently it does.

 
Female - widespread in N.A.
Please remember to check her boxes. The males do not hunt. Can you please try to get us a size estimate from the prey. It appears to be an adult grasshopper. Sorry, I don't know which one.
Yes, this species is very common and the BugGuide already has many images of them, but the look-alikes must be ruled out first. Good shots of key features like on your's, (though it's a little blurry) makes it easier to for us to be sure. Thanks!

 
Thanks again for all the interesting info
I'm certain that the grasshopper was Melanoplus differentialis which is common here.

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.