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Species Scolia nobilitata - Noble Scoliid Wasp

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Classification
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)
Superfamily Scolioidea
Family Scoliidae (Scoliid Wasps)
Subfamily Scoliinae
Genus Scolia
Species nobilitata (Noble Scoliid Wasp)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Scolia nobilitata Fabricius 1805
Explanation of Names
nobilitata = from the Latin nōbilitāta ('ennobled')
Size
10-15 mm(1)
Identification
Small scoliid with dark wings and reddish legs; abdomen dark with 4-6 light yellow/orange spots; may be imitated by Typocerus lunulatus:

Pattern similar to the much larger Pygodasis quadrimaculata; there is also a similarly patterned pompilid:
Range
across so. US (map); Ontario
Habitat
Sandy meadows.
Season
Jun-Sep in NC
Food
Larva feed on grubs (Scarab larvae).
See Also
A similar species in the eastern range, Pygodasis quadrimaculata is much larger and has black legs.