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Pachyodynerus guadulpensis female on a mud nest on a Palo Verde pod - Pachodynerus guadulpensis - female

Pachyodynerus guadulpensis female on a mud nest on a Palo Verde pod - Pachodynerus guadulpensis - Female
Box Canyon near Mecca, Riverside County, California, USA
April 25, 2008
Size: BL about 9.25 mm, Palo Ve
This mud nest constructed in a Palo Verde pod was still hanging on the tree. The female returned to the nest several times, but I could not see what she was bringing in. I'm really curious to know who she is so I can find out more about her and her habits.

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Moved
Moved from Pachodynerus.

Probably Pachodynerus
I suspect this is a Pachodynerus species. An excellent find, unfortunately little detail is visible on the images.

 
Probably Pachodynerus
Dr. Buck,
Thanks for looking at these images. This gal was extremely difficult to photograph. The mud nest was above eye level. And she just didn't sit still. I went through all the images we took and have added three more. One shows the top of the head and the mesoscutum. One shows some punctate bands on the abdomen. The last shows the lower thorax area. I don't know if these minor details will help.

 
Pachodynerus guadulpensis, female (CA)
Yes, these images do help. The yellow band on tergum 1 and strong punctures on tergum 2 are diagnostic for the species.

 
Pachodynerus guadulpensis, female (CA)
It's wonderful to be able to put a specific name on this wasp with the mud nest in a Palo Verde pod! Thank you so much, Dr. Buck!

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