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Species Dielis tolteca - Toltec Scoliid Wasp

Sawfly or Real Wasp? - Dielis tolteca - female Scoliid wasp - Campsomeris ? - Dielis tolteca - male Scoliid Wasp - Dielis tolteca - female Scoliid Wasp on Lepidospartum squamatum - Dielis tolteca Scoliid Wasp - Dielis tolteca Scoliid? - Dielis tolteca - female Grub-lover (thorax & head) - Dielis tolteca - female Wasp - poss. genus Dielis - Dielis tolteca - male
Classification
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 tolteca (Toltec Scoliid Wasp)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dielis tolteca (Saussure, 1857)
Orig. Comb.: Elis tolteca Saussure, 1857
Identification
Females are separated from D. pilipes by their orange-marked abdomens(1) as the only such campsomerine species of the western US. Structurally, the propodeum is smooth, in contrast to the punctate propodeum of D. pilipes. The orange abdominal color is only shared with D. dorsata, which has been introduced to Florida from the Caribbean.


Males are separated from D. pilipes by having four abdominal bands (5 in D. pilipes).(1) They are immensely similar to the eastern D. plumipes, which is only known to co-occur in Texas.
Range
sw US (CA to c. TX) / n. Mex. - Map (Discover Life)
Life Cycle
males can be common on Solidago (Asteraceae) in so. TX

Det. M. A. Quinn, 2015
See Also
Dielis tolteca males are nearly identical to their eastern counterpart D. plumipes.
- George Waldren, 21 October, 2010

D. plumipes - male & female
Works Cited
1.Scoliid Wasps of the Southwestern United States
MacKay W.P. 1987. Southwestern Naturalist 32(3): 357-362.