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Species Tachytes distinctus

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Classification
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
Subfamily Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Tribe Larrini
Subtribe Gastrosericina
Genus Tachytes
Species distinctus (Tachytes distinctus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tachytes distinctus Smith 1856
Tachytes distinctus bimini Krombein, 1953
Tachytes yucatanensis Banks, 1942
Tachytes fulvipes W. Fox, 1892
Tachytes elongatus Cameron, 1889
Tachytes contractus Cresson, 1873
Tachytes austrinus (F. Smith, 1856)
Larrada fulvipes (F. Smith, 1856)
Larra fulvipes F. Smith, 1856
Size
large-sized species(1)
Identification
Hind femora have no patches of long hairs on ventral side.
Hind femora are mostly red or mostly black, depending on variety/gender. (males have mostly black)
Hind tibiae are mostly red or all-red.
Mandibles are light-colored.
Body all-dark.
Wings are orange colored with darker tips.
Scutum has silvery or golden reflective pubescence along the edges.
♀ three pale abdominal bands and a dark coppery brown pygidial plate(1)
♂ four pale abdominal bands and a bright silvery pygidial plate(1)
Range
transcontinental, Canada to Costa Rica(2)
Life Cycle
Females with Prey: (Grasshoppers)
See Also
In southern Florida, females can only be separated from Tachytes seminole, with a clear view of the pygidial plate. (dorsal surface on the apex of the abdomen) (1)
The males may be separated by the number of pale abdominal bands. The males of T. seminole have three pale bands.
Here is an example image of a female from Florida: ♀ dark coppery brown pygidial plate (vs. bright coppery in T. seminole)
Internet References
BOLDSYSTEMS website page for Tachytes distinctus - Specimens identified by DNA testing