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Genus Palmodes

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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)
No Taxon (Apoid Wasps (traditional Sphecidae))
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Prionychini
Genus Palmodes
Explanation of Names
Author of genus is Kohl 1890.
either from Latin palm, -a, -i 'hand, palm tree'; or Greek palm, -o 'vibrating, throbbing' + -odes '-like'(1)
10 spp. in our area(2), 20 spp. worldwide(3)
Females nest in sandy soil, storing a single prey (usually a nymphal tettigoniid) in a shallow, one-celled nest(4)