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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).
Larvae feed on other insects, mostly bees, caught by the mother. Adults feed on nectar.
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
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.