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Genus Sphex

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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 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
12 spp. in 2 subgenera (Fernaldia with just 1 sp.) in our area(1), ~120 spp. worldwide(2); 9 spp. in e. US(3)
Up to 28 mm
key to spp. in (4)
worldwide and throughout NA(5)
nests provisioned with katydids (Tettigoniidae); each wasp species specializes on certain prey species
Nest in ground