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October Pomp - Phanagenia bombycina - female

October Pomp - Phanagenia bombycina - Female
Bell Slough WMA, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA
October 9, 2007
Size: 13-14mm
Moving fast across the leaf litter. Note this wasp has severed all the legs of the spider. And this looks like the body of a Lycosid to me. Appears to have left the palps? Also seems to be carrying it by the base of the palps? Nice green reflections on the wasp. Went into the litter eventually and stayed. I am assuming this meant it took it into a burrow somewhere for layaway.

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Moved
Moved from Spider Wasps.

Carrying positions?
Did you note if she changed the position of the spider for transport? Typically this species carries its prey VENTER up, by the spinnerets. It looks like she's carrying her prey by the face.

 
position
if you do not mind my asking, where does one find that information... it is not in Townes.

 
It...
should be in Evans and Yoshimoto (1962), but it is also based on some observations of my own.

 
She
Carried it this way until she disappeared in the litter. And if Phanagenia make mud constructions, where was she going?

 
Under a rock, log, or bark.
Typically they build nests under rocks or bark, sometimes under logs. I have also seen them on artificial structures, like at the base of walls and such. In any case, there was a nest already built somewhere.

October Pomp = Bad Circumstance
For the spider, anyway. Fine photo of such a dark insect.

 
Yes.
Phanagenia bombycina. The weak crease on T1 that separates the laterotergite is also vaguely visible, separating this species from Ageniella and Auplopus. Prey also strongly supports P. bombycina.

 
Phanagenia bombycina.
This is most likely going to be Phanagenia bombycina. No metallic tint, so it is not Auplopus; but, it amputates the legs of its prey like Auplopus.

 
pomp
certainly looks like P. bombycina... does not appear to have hairs on the propodeum. i have been finding a number of them out lately. almost looks like it has serrate hind tibia in the second picture... if it does, it is certainly not P. bombycina.

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