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Species Isodontia philadelphica

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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 (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Sphecini
Genus Isodontia (Grass-carrying Wasps)
Species philadelphica (Isodontia philadelphica)
Circa 20 mm
A stocky Isodontia, with heavy, black pubescence, and violet wings. Sphex pensylvanicus, is similar, but usually holds its wings folded parallel to body when nectaring (see comments on this image):
Includes southeastern and south-central United States. Noted from Colorado, Kansas, east to Mass., Pennsylvania, south to North Carolina, Florida, Texas. Additional BugGuide records include Arizona, California, Oregon.
May-October (North Carolina--see print refernces)
Adults take nectar.
Life Cycle
Provisions nests with Loud-singing Bush Crickets (Orocharis, Gryllidae). (1)
Print References
Brimley, p. 444 (2), lists as Chlorion harrisi Fern. for Piedmont and westward in North Carolina, May-October. (See Calif. Academy Sciences for apparent synonymy.)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.