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Species Sceliphron curvatum - Asian Mud Dauber

Subfamily Eumeninae? - Sceliphron curvatum - female Foreign mud dauber - Sceliphron curvatum - male Foreign mud dauber - Sceliphron curvatum - male ID this wasp? - Sceliphron curvatum - male Wasp (poor photo quality) - Sceliphron curvatum Sphecidae? - Sceliphron curvatum - female wasp ID - Sceliphron curvatum - male Wasp Collecting Mud - 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 (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sceliphrinae
Tribe Sceliphrini (Mud-dauber Wasps)
Genus Sceliphron (Black Mud-dauber Wasps)
Species curvatum (Asian Mud Dauber)
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].
limited scattered US records - Map (1); native to Asia, introduced to Europe where it has been spreading rapidly. Also introduced to Argentina where it was first discovered in 2001 (Compagnucci & Roig Alsina, 2008).
BugGuide photos from Quebec (2013) apparently represent the first North American record for S. curvatum.
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. (PDF)
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. (PDF)