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Family Pompilidae - Spider Wasps

 
 
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A revision of the Mexican and Central American spider wasps of the subfamily Pompilinae
By Howard E. Evans
Memoirs of the American Entomological Society, 20: 1-439, 1966
FULL TEXT

Despite the focus on more Neotropical species, a number of these species also occur within our area.

Aporus: pp. 37-63
Arachnospila: pp. 397-402
Epipompilus: pp. 27-34
Poecilopompilus: [url=https://archive.org/details/memoirsofameric201966amer/page/203/mode/2up]pp.

Molecular phylogeny and systematics of spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae): redefining subfamily boundaries...
By Waichert C., Rodriguez J., Wasbauer M.S., von Dohlen C.D., Pitts J.P.
Zool. J. Linn. Soc. 175: 271-287, 2015
Full title: Molecular phylogeny and systematics of spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae): redefining subfamily boundaries and the origin of the family

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A distributional checklist of the spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) of Florida
By Leavengood J.M., Waichert C., Rodriguez J.
Insecta Mundi 0161: 1-8, 2011

First host record for the spider wasp Cryptocheilus severini Banks (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae: Pepsinae)
By Frank E. Kurczewski, Rick C. West, James P. Pitts, & Cecilia Waichert
Insecta Mundi, 0935: 1-4, 2022

Phylogenetic species delimitation for the widespread spider wasp Ageniella accepta (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae), with new synonyms
By Waichert C., Wilson J.S., Pitts J.P., von Dohlen C.
Insect Systematics & Evolution, 2019

Nearctic Wasps of the Subfamilies Pepsinae and Ceropalinae
By Henry K. Townes
Smithsonian Institute Press (Bulletin 209), 1957
This is the literature I'll be citing in my guide pages for Pepsines and Ceropalines. It obviously doesn't cover some species described after '57 but it's still the best comprehensive study. It has some really good keys. Might be hard to buy but most large university libraries should have it.

The Genus Psorthaspis on the Mexican Central Plateau (Hymenoptera, Pompilidae)
By Howard Ensign Evans
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, 1954
Full Text (20 pages)

This document contains some information on species that may also be found in parts of the south-western USA. (legata, macronotum, mariae, planata, portiae and sanguinea)

Species included: (alphabetically)
albocaudata, alternata, australis, bradleyi, coelestis, eubule, guatemalae, laevifrons, legata, macronotum arizonensis, macronotum cressoni, macronotum hurdi, macronotum macronotum, macronotum zacateca,

The New World tarantula-hawk wasp genus Pepsis Fabricius (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae).
By C. R. Vardy
Zoologische Verhandelingen / Zoologische Mededelingen, 2005
This is currently the most up-to-date treatment of the genus Pepsis...published in three parts between 2000 and 2005 (by two different publishers).

Part 1. Introduction and the P. rubra species-group. Zool. Verhandel., vol. 332 (2000), pp. 1-86. (Full Text)
Part 2. The P. grossa- to P. deaurata-groups. Zool. Verhandel., vol. 338 (2002), pp. 1-134. (Full Text)

 
 
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