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

Information about 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#1149383
The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male

The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - Male
Tonopah Desert, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
May 11, 2015
Size: 10mm
This is the fourth of six Wasps that I filmed on this day. Please note that this is the first recorded sighting from Arizona.
These are images of a Beewolf Wasp, that I believe is a male Philanthus multimaculatus.
Full size image: Click Here
ID Info:
Here is a link to the Key for the Subfamily Philanthinae for California, including some of the surrounding areas, from the Berkley.edu website: Bohart & Grissell (1975)
California Wasps of the Subfamily Philanthinae

Keying to genera of Philanthinae:
1. - hind femur simple at apex, mesopleuron furrow incomplete, episternal sulcus present = 3
3. - eyes emarginate within (Tribe Philanthini) = 4
4. - abdominal segment T1 broad, not forming a narrow petiole = Philanthus Fabricius
Keying to species of Philanthus:
1. - antennae with 13 articles, abdomen with 7 visible terga (male) = 2
2. - interocular gap wide = 7
7. - punctures on abdominal T3 not larger than those on scutum = 18
18. - abdominal T2 dull, with obvious punctation = 20
20. - without an angular metapleural lamella = 25
25. - malar space larger than pedical = 26
26. - scutal puntures very unevenly distributed, with large smooth areas = 27
27. - ocellocular distance short, frontal line deeply impressed, legs black and yellow = multimaculatus Cameron

Images of this individual: tag all
The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male The Six Wasp Special - #4 of 6 - Philanthus multimaculatus - male

The Six Wasp Special - Three Different Wasp Families
Here is a clickable listing of all the Wasps that I filmed on that day.
Spider Wasps: #1. Psorthaspis planata: ♀ #5. Anoplius americanus ambiguus: ♀
Crabronid Wasps: #4. Philanthus multimaculatus: ♂ Square-headed Wasps (subfamily): #2. Tachytes distinctus: ♀ #3. Tachytes distinctus: ♂
Vespid Wasp: #6. Euodynerus annulatus: ♀

Moved
Moved from Beewolves.

Testing Look-a-likes:
I'm checking over some of the other species to rule them out here.
arizonicus:
1) - frontal line deeply impressed = fail
2) - legs have no red color = fail
crabroniformis:
1) - punctation is of uniform sizes = fail
2) - abdominal surface is dull = fail
3) - missing fimbriate hairs on sternum S3 = fail
neomexicanus:
1) - scutal punctures uneven with large smooth areas = fail
2) - clypeal brush light colored = fail
ventilabris:
1) - abdominal punctation is small and spread out = fail
2) - missing any metapleural lamella = fail
3) - antennae without light spots and not highly curled = fail

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

 
Thanks
John, I believe that I have ruled out all of the other species in this genus. Also, most of the key characters are visible in these images. Thanks for your help!

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