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Species Poecilopompilus interruptus

Spider Wasp - Poecilopompilus interruptus - female Wasp - Poecilopompilus interruptus - male Wasp - Poecilopompilus interruptus - male Wasp - Poecilopompilus interruptus - male Sand Wasp? - Poecilopompilus interruptus - female Poecilopompilus interruptus ? - Poecilopompilus interruptus - male Poecilopompilus interruptus? - Poecilopompilus interruptus - female Wasp - Poecilopompilus interruptus - male
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 Pompiloidea (Spider Wasps, Velvet Ants and allies)
Family Pompilidae (Spider Wasps)
Subfamily Pompilinae
Tribe Pompilini
Genus Poecilopompilus
Species interruptus (Poecilopompilus interruptus)
Explanation of Names
Poecilopompilus interruptus (Say 1835)
Size
3 spp. in our area; 4 across the Americas(1)
Identification
This species may be separated from others within its genus by the following combination: eyes not strongly convergent above, forelegs of the female with dentate claws, clypeus of the male with the lower margin truncate (not rounded), and propodeum usually with a single transverse posterior yellow stripe (never two longitudinal stripes).

Our three subspecies are separated as follows:(1)

1. P. i. cressoni: coxae generally entirely black, propodeum often lacking yellow band, abdomen entirely ferruginous to black (northeastern US & eastern Canada)


2. P. i. interruptus: coxae marked with red and/or yellow (never entirely black), propodeum with distinct yellow band, abdomen with distinct banding (widespread)


3. P. i. semiflavus: coxae generally entirely black, propodeum with distinct yellow band, abdomen mostly yellow (California)
Range
transcontinental(1)
Remarks
Frank Kurczewski notes that some specimens from Florida represent an atypical color variant that "lacks much of the yellow coloration on the abdomen and other body parts that typical Florida P. interruptus has."(2)
See Also
The nominate subspecies is a rather convincing mimic of Polistes exclamans (Guinea paper wasp).


Works Cited
1.A revision of the Mexican and Central American spider wasps of the subfamily Pompilinae
Howard E. Evans. 1966. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 20: 1-439.
2.Spider wasp