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Genus Crabro - Shield-handed Squareheads

I Think It's A Fly - Crabro latipes - male Crabro sp. - Crabro villosus - male Crabro species? - Crabro latipes - male Crabroninae? - Crabro Crabronidae? - Crabro argusinus Crabronid? - Crabro snowii - male Crabronidae? - Crabro - female Mantis like - Crabro - male
Classification
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 Crabronidae
Subfamily Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Tribe Crabronini
Subtribe Crabronina (Squareheads)
Genus Crabro (Shield-handed Squareheads)
Explanation of Names
Crabro Fabricius, 1775
Numbers
46 spp. in our area(1), ~90 total(2)
Identification
"The male's front tibiae are greatly expanded into shields [this is true for most species, except for those in the Crabro hilaris species group. Comment by Matthias Buck]. 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.
Range
widely dist. thru North & Central. Amer. (DL data)
Season
mostly: May-Sept (BG data)
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