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Species Philanthus gibbosus

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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 Crabronidae
Subfamily Philanthinae
Tribe Philanthini
Genus Philanthus (Beewolves)
Species gibbosus (Philanthus gibbosus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Philanthus gibbosus (Fabricius, 1775). Synonyms:
Vespa gibbosus Fabricius, 1775 (original combination)
Explanation of Names
Species name gibbosus from Latin gibb- humped (1).
widespread (coast to coast in NA) (2)
Larvae feed on other insects, mostly bees, caught by the mother. Adults feed on nectar.
Life Cycle
Females with prey:
Each female raises its own brood. However several wasps have been seen sharing one burrow's entrance.
See Also
Cerceris has some similar species.
Print References
Borror, entry for gibb- (1)
Marshall, photos 560.6, 560.7 [cite:55904
Internet References
Animal Behavior. Burrow sharing and nest transfer in the digger wasp Philanthus gibbosus (Fabricius)
Cal. Academy. The Life History and Habits of the solitary Wasp Philanthus gibbosus