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Genus Crabro - Shield-handed Square-headed Wasps

Wasp, leaving burrow - Crabro - female small wasp with strange front appendages - Crabro latipes - male Crabronidae Crabro - Shield-handed Squareheads - Crabro - female Which wasp is this? - Crabro - male Crabro Wasp on Platanthera dilata var. leucostachys - Crabro - male Cerceris again? - Crabro Crabro latipes female?? - Crabro wasp? - Crabro - male
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 (traditional Sphecidae))
Family Crabronidae (Square-headed Wasps, Sand Wasps, and Allies)
Subfamily Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Tribe Crabronini
Subtribe Crabronina
Genus Crabro (Shield-handed Square-headed Wasps)
Explanation of Names
Crabro Fabricius 1775
46 spp. in our area(1), ~90 total(2)
mostly holarctic, widespread in NA and the Palaearctic(2)
"The male's front tibiae are greatly expanded into shields [true for most species, except those in C. hilaris species group. 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." Comment by Eric Eaton.