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Subfamily Philanthinae

Polistes-like Wasp - Cerceris sextoides - male 7012006 - Cerceris Which Crabronid Wasp is this? - Philanthus Potter/Mason wasp - Subfamily Eumeninae? - Philanthus bilunatus Crabronidae - Philanthus looks like a weevil wasp - Cerceris Small Wasp ID - Cerceris Yellow and Orange Insect - Cerceris
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 (traditional Sphecidae))
Family Crabronidae (Square-headed Wasps, Sand Wasps, and Allies)
Subfamily Philanthinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
CA fauna revised in (1)
Explanation of Names
Philanthinae Latreille 1802
Numbers
155 spp. in 6 genera of 3 tribes in our area (of which ~90 Cerceris spp.)(2), 1143 spp. in 9 genera of 4 tribes worldwide (of which ~900 Cerceris spp.)(3)
Size
body 12-18 mm
Identification
Digger wasps of medium size, usually black with yellow markings. They have a constriction between the first and second abdominal segments. One apical spur on middle tibia. Forewing with 3 submarginal cells.
Food
nests provisioned with bees (in the Philanthini), ants (Aphilanthopini), or beetles (Cercerini)