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Wasp, Scoliid? - Pygodasis ephippium - female

Wasp, Scoliid? - Pygodasis ephippium - Female
NE Medina County, Texas, USA
October 11, 2008
Size: about 2 inches long
I was told by someone in the past this is one of the scoliid wasps. But it seems a little different than the scoliid wasps with images here. I've seen them for more than 2 years now, but not many or often. In the past I've seen them go into holes in the ground. They love to nectar on the Corona de Cristo flowers more than anything else.

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Wasp, Scoliid? - Pygodasis ephippium - female Wasp, Scoliid? - Pygodasis ephippium - female

im no expert....
I think we have these in our flower garden in our front yard and we live just south of Kansas city, mo!

Take a look at Campsomeris quadrimaculata
which can look very similar to this species. In the United States, Campsomeris ephippium only occurs in south Texas and Arizona

Campsomeris ephippium (female)
Based on the locality, coloration and the tibial spur shape, this is Campsomeris ephippium.

Moved from Scoliid Wasps.

Campsomeris ephippeum
Thanks for the info! Apparently, it is established in this county. I've been seeing that wasp for years now!

Happy to help!
Very cool wasp, I haven't seen a live one yet.

This species ranges from south Texas to Ecuador, and apparently it's in Arizona now.

Pretty sure this will turn out to be a species of Campsomeris.

i'm no expert, but this does look exactly like Scolia, and i don't see it in the Guide, either...

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