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Genus Sphex

Black wasp - Sphex pensylvanicus Large Sphecid - Sphex pensylvanicus - male Great Black Wasp (Sphex pensylvanicus)? - Sphex pensylvanicus - male Sphex ichneumoneus? - Sphex ichneumoneus Black wasp - Sphex pensylvanicus large wasp - Sphex habenus - male Sphex ichneumoneus Great Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus
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 (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
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
worldwide and throughout NA(4)
Life Cycle
Prey on katydids, Tettigoniidae, utilizing one species per wasp species. Nest is built in ground, somewhat gregarious.