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Prionyx (?) - Prionyx

Prionyx (?) - Prionyx
Moist meadow along upper Seymour Creek drainage, ~7800 ft., Mount Pinos, Kern County, California, USA
July 17, 2008
On Sphenosciadium capitellatum (Butter Parsley).
There's a little mite on the abdomen.

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I'm leaning much more toward Podalonia. Definitely not Prionyx, which have much a more globose abdomen. This poor girl is really, really worn, with broken tarsi and tattered wings.

Abdomen looks globose to me

On second look....
I agree with John Ascher. I've seen more all-black Prionyx here in Colorado, as well as Podalonia, and this looks much more like the former. Robust body with little hair is much more like Prionyx.

Thanks, Eric,
it does look more like a Podalonia, or perhaps another genus?
I wonder what the diagnostic characters are that differentiate Podalonia from Palmodes or other (?) similar sphecid wasps.

Wing venation, etc.
The characters used to separate the similar genera are usually not visible in images of live animals. This includes wing venation and the sutures on the lateral aspect of the thorax.

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