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Psorthaspis legatus - Psorthaspis legata

Psorthaspis legatus - Psorthaspis legata
Gatesville, Gates County, North Carolina, USA
August 13, 2005
Size: apx.3/16"

Psorthapis legatus
I've gutted this comment and replaced it with new info. I have a P. legatus in my possession. I have examined it and have compared it to the photograph. The orange integument of the head and the cream-colored bands on the third and fouth tergite indicate that this bug is Psorthapis legatus.

Thanks so much for going to the trouble to ID this & get back to me.

spider wasp
I am pretty sure that this is a Spider Wasp (Pompilidae). When you took the photo was it acting like it was jacked up on caffeine? Almost all pompilids are very jittery when they are searching for their prey.

spider wasp
Yes, I had a hard time getting the picture, because it would not slow down. I almost put that in the comment section.

I'm glad a velvet ant expert answered first, because that is what this reminds me of:-) Could possibly be a species of Dipogon, as many species have the dark bands on the wings like this specimen. Really ornate, though, and I don't recognize it instantly.

Another possible Dipogon
This photo:

looks very similar to the one above. Several Dipogon listed for North Carolina, if that is what this is.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Psorthaspis sanguinea.
Thanks to Herschel Raney for going to the trouble of going through a university collection and coming up with the ID. Creating a guide page for these.