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Species Dielis plumipes

Large Wasp - Dielis plumipes - female Wasp ? - Dielis plumipes - female Campsomeris? - Dielis plumipes - male Unknown Wasp on Buttonbush - Dielis plumipes - female Very Large Wasp Nectaring on Lupinus diffusus - Dielis plumipes - female Sand Wasp - Dielis plumipes - male Sand Wasp - Dielis plumipes - female Long-horned Bee? - Dielis 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 Dielis
Species plumipes (Dielis plumipes)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dielis plumipes (Drury, 1770)
Campsomeris plumipes
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)

D. 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
Dielis pilipes - widespread western distribution
Dielis tolteca males are nearly identical to their eastern counterpart D. plumipes.
- George Waldren, 21 October, 2010

Dielis 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