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Spider Wasp? - Auplopus

Spider Wasp? - Auplopus
Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
May 29, 2005
Size: 7mm
This wasp was collected from an azalea where it was observed darting among the flowers and constantly walking about. Its body has a subtle greenish hue, and its shape and movement remind me of a spider wasp, but I'm not certain of its identity. I was lucky enough to photograph it while it was flapping its wings. Any help is appreciated.

I WAS joking...
but now that I have seen almost 600 specimens of all of the eastern Auplopus I'm not so sure this isn't an undescribed species. I've never seen a specimen like it.

Reminds me of...
Reminds me of a possible undescribed species of Auplopus from Muskingum County, Ohio that is deposited in the Ohio State University Collection of Insects and Spiders. I would have loved to have this baby when I was collecting my data. The one I had was completely ferruginous with that overlying green irridescence on the throax you see in the photograph. Most of the green Auplopus have the entire integument green. I think the vague greenish irridescence is just as cool. I'll have to look in Townes again to see if anything matches this wasp.

Wow, what a great shot of a species of Auplopus. The slightly metallic tint, size, and crystal-clear wings help me ID it. Auplopus is in dire need of revision. There may be more, or less, species than currently recognized, with great individual variation. One species is a vivid metallic teal! They build little mud cells, in contrast to most other pompilids that use existing cavities in which to store the paralyzed spiders, or which dig burrows. I have had them emerge from abandoned nests of the pipe organ mud dauber.

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