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Species Calopompilus pyrrhomelas

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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)
Superfamily Pompiloidea (Spider Wasps, Velvet Ants and allies)
Family Pompilidae (Spider Wasps)
Subfamily Pepsinae
Tribe Pepsini (Tarantula-hawk Wasps and Allies)
Genus Calopompilus
Species pyrrhomelas (Calopompilus pyrrhomelas)
Explanation of Names
Calopompilus pyrrhomelas (Walker, 1866)
pyrrhomelas = from the Latin pyro-, from the Ancient Greek πῦρ ('fire, fiery') + New Latin melās, from the Ancient Greek μέλας‎ ('dark, black'). Sometimes translated together as 'fieryblack'.
Adults of this entire genus are not known to commonly visit flowers.
Females take this spider (Antrodiaetus nr. pacificus) head on in the spider's own burrow: