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Spider as Prey - Poecilopompilus - female

Spider as Prey - Poecilopompilus - Female
Mescal Rd, towards Rincon Mnts, Cochise County, Arizona, USA
September 7, 2007
Wasp pulling her prey across the road at dusk. Mesquite Grassland.

Poecilopompilus algidus, but P. interruptus is highly variable. The lack of much yellow leads me to suggest the former. However, I have not seen specimens of P. i. semiflavus, and if I recall correctly that species has less yellow than the typical P. interruptus. Unfortunately there are no strong structural characters visible for me to say either way. Both species should be found in AZ. Perhaps if you presented it to someone with more knowledge of the local fauna you could get a better ID. I have personally not seen enough specimens of P. algidus to say either way. You can move it to the genus page in the mean time

Thank you, I will forward the
Thank you, I will forward the photo to C Olsen, our U o A Curator.

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