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Ammophila sp. - Ammophila procera

Ammophila sp. - Ammophila procera
Sand Pond Conservation Area, Scott County, Missouri, USA
September 6, 2008
Clinging to stem of splitbeard bluestem (Andropogon ternarius) at edge of sand blow in dry sand prairie.
ID confirmation requested.

Should I move...
...back to genus?

Moved from Ammophila.

Thanks for the ID.

Looks like
A. procera.

Not so sure
about the species. The pronotum appears smooth (no transverse ridging). I don't have an alternative ID. Ammophila aren't easy to ID from images.

Very difficult in the west
Only about 12 eastern species however. And many can be eliminated from this excellent shot. I am not sure there is another eastern female with this exact silver thoracic marking pattern.

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