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Species Podium luctuosum

Podium luctuosum? - Podium luctuosum - female Orange Legged Wasp - Podium luctuosum Podium luctuosum Podium luctuosum Some sort of spider wasp - Podium luctuosum - female Unidentified Wasp - Podium luctuosum Podium luctuosum? - Podium luctuosum Unknown Wasp - Podium luctuosum - 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 (Apoidea sans Anthophila – Apoid Wasps)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sceliphrinae
Tribe Podiini
Genus Podium
Species luctuosum (Podium luctuosum)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Podium luctuosum Smith 1856
e US & ON
nests provisioned with Parcoblatta uhleriana or P. virginica(2)(1)
Life Cycle
Females nest in pre-existing cavities or in mud-covered cells underneath bark. The female provisions the cell with a paralyzed cockroach(1)
See Also
Sphex nudus (note the shorter petiole, darker tarsi, lighter setae, and more spinose legs)
Works Cited
1.Distribution and biology of the Sphecine wasps of Michigan (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae: Sphecinae)
Mark F. O'Brien. 1989. The Great Lakes Entomologist, 22(4): 199-217.
2.A reclassification of the Sphecinae with a revision of the Nearctic species of the tribes Sceliphronini and Sphecini
Bohart RM and Menke AS. 1963. University of California Publications in Entomology 30:91-182.