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Genus Prionyx

Wasp with silver - Prionyx black wasp moving nervously from flower head to flower head - Prionyx atratus thread-waisted wasp - Prionyx Thread waisted wasp with red antennae - Prionyx Prionyx -- long palps? - Prionyx New Jersey Wasp for ID - Prionyx parkeri - female Digging wasp - red abdomen - Prionyx Prionyx? - Prionyx - female
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 Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Prionychini
Genus Prionyx
Explanation of Names
Prionyx Vander Linden 1827
'saw claw'
Numbers
7 spp. in our area(1), ~60 spp. worldwide(2)
Identification
key to spp. in (3)
Range
much of the world, mostly in drier regions(2)
Habitat
Open areas from prairies and deserts to vacant lots and fields.
Food
Adults feed on flower nectar. Females stock nests with adult grasshoppers (Acrididae).
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Catalog of Sphecidae sensu lato
3.A systematic study of North American Priononyx
Parker F.D. 1960. Pan-Pac. Entomol. 36: 205-208.