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Spider wasp - Phanagenia bombycina

Spider wasp - Phanagenia bombycina
St. Sebastian River Preserve, Indian River County, Florida, USA
June 14, 2007

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Spider wasp - Phanagenia bombycina Spider wasp - Phanagenia bombycina Rabidosa hentzi - female Spider wasp - Phanagenia bombycina

Interesting series. The mud nests indicate a species of Auplopus. All other North American spider wasps dig burrows or use pre-existing cavities as nests.

and Phanagenia
The very closely related Phanagenia also builds mud cells and there seems to be some difference in attachment to nesting structure between Auplopus and Phanagenia. Just another aspect of spider wasp biology that needs to be studied in more detail, but at present that can't be used as a clue. However, prey preference can. As far as I know no species of Auplopus has ever been captured with or has provisioned with a Lycosid. Phanagenia bombycina, however, has several records of preying on Lycosids. One can never rule out new prey records, but current evidence supports that this individual is Phanagenia. Hopefully the wasp will develop without problems (molding is the biggest problem), then we'll be certain when it emerges.

News to me:-)
Thanks, Nick, I had no idea, though it stands to reason given the close relationship between the genera. Moving to the species page for now at least.

let me deal with my images. I prefer to leave them in ID request until a definite ID is made, and try to pay closer attention; you moved one of the linked images out of Rabidosa hentzi, so now I have two pointless autocomments under that image.
There are 1350 other images to worry about cluttering ID request.

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