Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Although the name is masculine, Linnaeus treated it as feminine, and many other authors followed. When searching for a Sphex species name, it's best to try both masculine and feminine endings.
Explanation of Names
Greek sphex (σφηξ), the ancient name of a kind of wasp.
12 spp. in 2 subgenera (Fernaldia
with just 1 sp.) in our area(1)
, ~120 spp. worldwide(2)
; 9 spp. in e. US(3)
worldwide and throughout NA(4)
Prey on katydids, Tettigoniidae
, utilizing one species per wasp species. Nest is built in ground, somewhat gregarious.
Bohart, R. M., and A. S. Menke. 1963. A reclassification of the Sphecinae, with a revision of the Nearctic species of the tribes Sceliphronini and Sphecini (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae). University of California Publications in Entomology 30(2):91-182.