Other Common Names
Feather-legged Scoliid Wasp
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dielis plumipes (Drury, 1770)
Orig. Comb.: Sphex plumipes Drury, 1770
. With the exception of some co-occurrence of ssp. fossulana
and ssp. plumipes
in North Carolina, the subspecies are distinctly geographically separate.(2)
1. C. plumipes confluenta
: central to northern (n.AR, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, NM, OH, OK, SD, n.TX, e.WY)
2. C. plumipes fossulana
: Austroriparian / southeastern (AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MI, NC, SC, e.TX)
3. C. plumipes plumipes
: Austral life / east of the Appalachians (DE, MD, NC, NJ, VA)
Medium-sized, hairy; abdominal spots/bands yellow or creamy white(1)
D. plumipes - male & female
Scoliid wasps are parasitic upon larvae of soil-inhabiting scarab beetles.(1)
Flower visitation records were given by Krombein (1952) for the Florida subspecies, and Kurczewski (1963) reported on the biology of a Midwestern subspecies.
- 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
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.