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Subfamily Crabroninae - Square-headed Wasps

Hymenoptera help #2 please - Tachytes - male Square-headed Wasp - Ectemnius Ectemnius continuus Wasp with fly - Ectemnius maculosus black wasp - Trypoxylon wasp Sand Loving Wasp - Tachytes guatemalensis Crabonid wasp - Tachysphex
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 Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Numbers
~520 spp. in 31 genera of 6 tribes in our area(1), ~4,660 spp. in >100 genera of 7 tribes worldwide(2)
Size
body 6-20 mm
Identification
Large and quadrate head, with the inner margins of the eyes straight and converging ventrally. Forewing has only one submarginal cell (except in many Larrini).
Habitat
Adults commonly found on flowers
Remarks
Some nest in hollow stems or in abandoned galleries in wood, others burrow in the ground. Prey is mostly flies, but some utilize other insects.