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A new one to ID - Crabro latipes - male

A new one to ID - Crabro latipes - Male
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
June 6, 2005
Very small and had these parts that came out from the side, took a couple with these closed up also. ID and info would be appreciated. Thanks.

Moved from Crabro.

Male Crabro!
Yeah! This is so great:-) This is, believe it or not, a male sphecid wasp in the genus Crabro, probably C. latipes. His front tibia are greatly expanded into those shields so easily visible here. He covers the female's eyes with those things during mating. The plates don't blind her, but apparently filter light in such a way that she recognizes this is a male of her own species. How weird is that?

From the shield alone this is almost certainly latipes. I think this can be moved. This is likely the most common Crabro according to Bohart.

Never knew about these.

Me niether!

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