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Blue Pompilid - Anoplius lepidus - female

Blue Pompilid - Anoplius lepidus - Female
Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA
August 28, 2007
Size: 25mm
Facial close up.

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I moved these photos to the Anoplius lepidus page since the only thing in question is the trinomial, but they are indeed a subspecies of A. lepidus.

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Moved from Spider Wasps.

Yes...
Anoplius lepidus atramentarius.

 
Interesting
There are five specimens of A. l. l. in the collection and none labeled as this subspecies. I will check them out this winter. And I am saving quite a few Pomps to send you this winter. (Including that male Psorthaspis from the trap.) After I get a look at them.

 
Oh...
thank God! Actual specimens. It's neat to see photos of the living insects but it's so irritating to try to ID them without screwing it up. I'd be happy to take anything you send me, just e-mail me directly when you get ready.

 
Probably the case, then...
based on the coloration. Based on literature records I guess both subspecies are possible for Arkansas.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just looked at the Hymenoptera Catalog (1979), which was obviously published after Evans' 1966 revision of Mexican and Central American Pompilinae. Krombein mentions that A. l. lepidus is found in Mexico south to N. South America. I don't suppose Arkansas is an unreasonable range extension and the Pompilid Project website does list both A. l. atramentarius and A. l. lepidus as Nearctic representatives. I guess you would need the 1966 paper to key them out...the 1950 paper is worthless as Evans only recognizes two subspecies in NA, as opposed to three. In any case, I'm pretty certain we have the species correct since A. amethystinus seems to have a pretty discrete range that does not include Arkansas. We just need to get enough information together to get the trinomial correct.

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