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Subfamily Bembicinae

 
 
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The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior
By Howard Ensign Evans & Kevin M. O'Neill
Harvard University Press, 2007
This book can be previewed here. I have only browsed it a bit, but it looks like yet another excellent work from Howard Ensign Evans and his collaborators.

A Revisionary Study of the Genus Steniolia (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae: Bembicini)
By James E. Gillaspy
Transactions of the American Entomological Society, Vol. 89, No. 1/2, pp. 1-117, 1963

A review of the genus Bicyrtes (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae, Nyssoninae, Bembicini)
By R.M. Bohart
Insecta Mundi, 10:139-152, 1996

Improved key to New World species of Sphecius (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae)
By Holliday C.W., Coelho J.R.
Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 99: 793-798, 2006

California Bembicine Sand Wasps
By R. M. Bohart and D. S. Horning, Jr.
Bull. Calif. Insect Survey 13, 49 pp., 1971
Full text.

This is a useful resource for California and beyond as it has a keys to:

1) the genera of Bembicini of North America;
2) the species of Bembix in California;
3) the 10 species of Bicyrtes in North America;
4) the 7 species of Microbembex in the continental US.

[Caveat: I'm an amateur and can't competently comment on how much change may have occurred in Bembecine taxonomy since this publication in 1971. But, shortly after posting the above, I found a reference discussing at least two California species not known in 1971: Stictiella villegasi described by Bohart in 1982, and Microbembex elegans described Griswold in 1996.

Sphecid wasps of the world: a generic revision
By Richard Mitchell Bohart, Arnold S. Menke
University of California Press, 1976
This is an excellent reference work!! The entire masterly obra magnum (675+ pages!) can be read beginning at the link below:

      https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_FExMjuRhjpIC/page/n1

...provided courtesy of the "Internet Archive".

Thanks to Jeff for pointing to this link, which provides access to the entire work...unlike the incomplete coverage available at the Google Books link I had originally posted here.

Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily...
By Pilgrim E.M., von Dohlen C.D., Pitts J.P.
Zoologica Scripta 37: 539–560, 2008
Full title: Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily and novel relationships of its component families and subfamilies

Abstract

Identifying the sister group to the bees: a molecular phylogeny of Aculeata with an emphasis on the superfamily Apoidea
By Debevec A.H., Cardinal S., Danforth B.N.
Zoologica Scripta 41: 527-535, 2012

 
 
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