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Genus Cerceris

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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 Philanthinae
Tribe Cercerini
Genus Cerceris
Other Common Names
Weevil wasps (applies to many but not all species of Cerceris but also applies to additional species)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cerceris Latreille 1803
86 spp. in our area (of which ~30 reach Canada)(1), 29 in e. US(2), almost 900 worldwide(3)
Abdominal segments are constricted at the margins.
The faces of females are modified with unusual projections on the clypeus and clypeal margin.
Females excavate cavities in soil as nests
Most species prey on adult beetles; some, on bees and wasps. At least one (C. halone), exclusively on acorn weevils (Curculio nasicus).
Print References
Scullen, H. A. 1965. Review of the genus Cerceris in America north of Mexico. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 116(3506): 333-548. (Biodiversity Heritage Library)
Scullen, H. A. 1972. Review of the genus Cerceris Latreille in Mexico and Central America. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 110: 1-121. (Smithsonian Library's DSpace Repository)