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Genus Ampulex

Ampulex canaliculata? - Ampulex canaliculata Predatory Wasp - Ampulex canaliculata Cockroach Wasp? - Ampulex canaliculata wasp - Ampulex canaliculata Ant? - Ampulex ferruginea Ant? - Ampulex ferruginea Hymenoptera - Ampulex canaliculata Wasp on trunk of oak tree - Ampulex canaliculata
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 Ampulicidae (Cockroach Wasps)
Genus Ampulex
Explanation of Names
Ampulex Jurine 1807
2 spp. in our area(1), 130 total(2)
female wasp disables the prey's escape reflexes, takes hold of one of the roach's antennae and leads it like a dog on a leash into her burrow (here)