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Genus Euparagia

Euparagia scutellaris Euparagia scutellaris wasp on glassy hyacinth - Euparagia Euparagia desertorum
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)
Superfamily Vespoidea (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps and allies)
Family Vespidae (Yellowjackets and Hornets, Paper Wasps; Potter, Mason and Pollen Wasps)
Subfamily Euparagiinae
Genus Euparagia
Explanation of Names
Euparagia Cresson 1879
9 spp. in our area, 10 total(1)
sw US & Mexico(1); in our area:
E. boregoensis CA AZ
E. desertorum CA NV AZ
E. platiniceps CA AZ
E. richardsi AZ-TX
E. scutellaris CA-UT ID WY
E. sicatta CA AZ
E. timberlakei CA NV AZ
E. unidentata CA
E. yuma AZ
Mostly arid regions(1)
Most common in the southwest, but extends north to Idaho and Wyoming.
Coleoptera larvae.(2) Adults are often found on Eriogonum sp.
Life Cycle
Build underground nests in soil.
Very uncommon, small wasps.
See Also
Print References
Trostle G., Torchio P. (1986) Notes on the nesting biology and immature development of Euparagia scutellaris Cresson (Hymenoptera: Masaridae). J. Kans. Ent. Soc. 59: 641-647. (Full text)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The genus Euparagia Cresson (Hymenoptera, Vespidae, Euparagiinae)
Carpenter, J.M. and L.S. Kimsey. 2009. American Museum novitates, no. 3643.
2.Hymenoptera of the world: an identification guide to families
Goulet H., Huber J., eds. 1993. Agriculture Canada Publication 1894/E. 668 pp.