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Species Sceliphron curvatum - Asian Mud-dauber Wasp

Subfamily Eumeninae? - Sceliphron curvatum - female Sceliphron curvatum ID this wasp? - Sceliphron curvatum - male Sphecidae? - Sceliphron curvatum - female Invasive Mud Dauber - Sceliphron curvatum - female Wasp - Sceliphron curvatum non-native mud dauber - Sceliphron curvatum non-native mud dauber nest - Sceliphron curvatum
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 (Apoidea sans Anthophila – Apoid Wasps)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sceliphrinae
Tribe Sceliphrini (Mud-dauber Wasps)
Genus Sceliphron (Black Mud-dauber Wasps)
Species curvatum (Asian Mud-dauber Wasp)
Explanation of Names
Sceliphron curvatum (F. Smith 1870)
According to Christian Schmid-Egger (Aug 12, 2019: pers. comm. to Matthias Buck), the photos on BugGuide clearly show S. curvatum, not S. deforme (up to this point there was doubt about the species). Schmid-Egger (2005) provides a key to separate the two species from each other and from European species [in German].
native to Asia, introduced elsewhere (scattered US records [map](1)); spreading rapidly in Europe, discovered in Argentina in 2001 (Compagnucci & Roig Alsina 2008). Newly recorded for MN, US, 2023, iNaturalist (
BugGuide photos from Quebec (2013) apparently represent the first North American record
Print References
Compagnucci LA, Roig Alsina A (2008) Sceliphron curvatum, una nueva avispa invasora en la Argentina (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Rev Soc. Entomol. Argent. 67: 65-70. (Full text)
Schmid-Egger C (2005) Sceliphron curvatum (F. Smith 1870) in Europa mit einem Bestimmungsschlüssel für die europäischen und mediterranen Sceliphron-Arten (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). BembiX 19: 7-28. (Full text)