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Genus Prionyx

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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 (traditional Sphecidae))
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Prionychini
Genus Prionyx
Explanation of Names
Prionyx Vander Linden, 1827
from the Greek πρίων príon ('saw') + ὄνυξ ónyx ('claw')
7 spp. in our area(1), ~60 spp. worldwide(2)(3)(4)
1. Prionyx atratus: transcontinental (s. Canada & all of United States)
2. Prionyx canadensis: transcontinental (ON, NJ, VA; BC to MB, south to CA, AZ, CO, & NE)
3. Prionyx fervens far southern (s. TX to se. CA)
4. Prionyx foxi: southwestern (AZ, CA, NV, TX, UT)
5. Prionyx parkeri: transcontinental (United States)
6. Prionyx subatratus: western (OR & ID, south-east to CA, UT, AZ, NM, w. TX)
7. Prionyx thomae: southeast (AL, GA, SC) & west (ND & TX west to ID, NV, & CA)
Some helpful traits for the genus(5):
S1 overlapping S2

Claws with 2-5 teeth

Second Recurrent vein usually ending in submarginal cell 3

Keys to spp. in Parker (1960)(1) and Bohart & Menke (1963).(3)
Much of the world, mostly in drier regions(2)
Open areas from prairies and deserts to vacant lots and fields.
Adults feed on flower nectar. Females stock nests with adult grasshoppers (Acrididae).
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A systematic study of North American Priononyx
Parker F.D. 1960. Pan-Pac. Entomol. 36: 205-208.
2.Catalog of Sphecidae sensu lato
3.A reclassification of the Sphecinae with a revision of the Nearctic species of the tribes Sceliphronini and Sphecini
Bohart RM and Menke AS. 1963. University of California Publications in Entomology 30:91-182.
4.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.
5.Sphecid wasps of the world: a generic revision
Richard Mitchell Bohart, Arnold S. Menke. 1976. University of California Press.