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Spider and wasp - Poecilopompilus interruptus - female

Spider and wasp - Poecilopompilus interruptus - Female
Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas, USA
July 18, 2005
I first thought, "what is that yellow jacket doing with that spider" and then I came over to chase it and take pictures. (Will put a series on my website). I know that it pulled this Neoscona weaver across the leaf litter and then stashed it on top of a plant. Proceeded to dig a ground tunnel nearby after this. As far as I know there are no Sphecids that put spiders in the ground in my area (several use mud constructions and several use stems or wood). This meant it was a Pompilid. And I do not know which genus contains yellow jacket mimics. Very impressive insect.

Sweet photo
I just have to say this is a sweet photo. You can even see the pocket in the basal corner of the third discal cell. You rarely catch that character unless the bug is pinned. Nicely done.

Wow! This is a female Poecilopompilus interruptus, probably the most ornately-marked spider wasp in the family Pompilidae in the U.S. Great find, great image:-)

Ornate wasp
Was working my way down the local Pompilid list I have on the website to see where there was mention of a Pompilid this strongly marked. Had not gotten there yet. Thanks for shortening the search. Will check Evans description of Poecilopompilus when I get to the home library.

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