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Species Campsomeris plumipes

Bee like bug nectaring Bee Balm - Campsomeris plumipes - female Scoliid Wasp - Campsomeris plumipes - male wasp on flower - Campsomeris plumipes - male insect - Campsomeris plumipes Grassland bee - Campsomeris plumipes - female Wasp? - Campsomeris plumipes - female Scoliidae, perhaps Campsomeris plumipes - Campsomeris plumipes - male Wasp - Campsomeris plumipes
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 Scolioidea
Family Scoliidae (Scoliid Wasps)
Subfamily Campsomerinae
Genus Campsomeris
Species plumipes (Campsomeris plumipes)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Campsomeris plumipes (Drury)
Orig. Comb: Sphex plumipes Drury 1770
3 subspecies/forms (Grissell 2013)
15-25 mm (Grissell 2013)
Medium-sized, hairy; abdominal spots/bands yellow or creamy white (Grissell 2013)

C. plumipes - male & female
Rocky Mtns, east - Map (Discover Life, BG data)
Life Cycle
Scoliid wasps are parasitic upon larvae of soil-inhabiting scarab beetles. (Grissell 2013)
Flower visitation records were given by Krombein (1952) for the Florida subspecies, and Kurczewski (1963) reported on the biology of a Midwestern subspecies.
See Also
Campsomeris pilipes - widespread western distribution
Campsomeris tolteca males are nearly identical to their eastern counterpart C. plumipes.
- George Waldren, 21 October, 2010

Campsomeris tolteca (males)
Dets. George Waldren
Print References
Bradley, J.C. 1928. The species of Campsomeris of the Plumipes Group, inhabiting the United States, the Greater Antilles, and the Bahama Islands. Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of Philadelphia 80: 313-337.
Krombein, K.V. 1952. Biological and taxonomic observations on the wasps in a coastal area of North Carolina. Wasmann Journal of Biology 10: 257-341.
Kurczewski, F.E. 1963. Biological notes on Campsomeris plumipes confluenta (Say). Entomological News 74: 21-24.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Grissell, 2013 - University of Florida