Xero-like female - Anoplius apiculatus
Holla Bend NWR, Pope County, Arkansas, USA
July 4, 2006
Captured this wasp on the sand shore of the Arkansas River in 2006. Just now got around to trying to key most of my Pompilid wasps. This thing nearly broke my spirit on the online pictoral key from the Pompilid project. Kept going to genera we should not have. And indeed we thought it was from a monotypic genus previously known only from CA and AZ. Note the grayish look of the thorax and the bright red abdomen. Looked like an Ageniella but does not have Pepsinae features. Three strong comb spines (not seen well here). Wingtips with a dark banding effect. Apicoterminal bristles enough to make it Anoplius apiculatus apiculatus and not the SW Xerochares. Eric was suspicious as below. Moved.
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