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Genus Sphex

Face Shot - Sphex habenus - male Digger wasp in PA? - Sphex ichneumoneus Flyer with red legs and deep blue wings - Sphex ichneumoneus Orange and Black Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus GREAT GOLDEN DIGGER WASP   - Sphex ichneumoneus unknown wasp?  - Sphex nudus - male wasp - Sphex lucae Great Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus - female
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 Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Sphecini
Genus Sphex
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Although the name is masculine, Linnaeus treated it as feminine, and many workers followed
Explanation of Names
Sphex Linnaeus 1758
Greek σφηξ, the ancient name of a kind of wasp
Numbers
12 spp. in 2 subgenera (Fernaldia with just 1 sp.) in our area(1), ~120 spp. worldwide(2); 9 spp. in e. US(3)
Size
Up to 28 mm
Range
worldwide and throughout NA(4)
Life Cycle
Prey on katydids, Tettigoniidae, utilizing one species per wasp species. Nest is built in ground, somewhat gregarious.