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Species Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus

 
 
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A review of the genus Bicyrtes (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae, Nyssoninae, Bembicini)
By R.M. Bohart
Insecta Mundi, 10:139-152, 1996

California Bembicine Sand Wasps
By R. M. Bohart and D. S. Horning, Jr.
Bull. Calif. Insect Survey, Vol. 13, 49 pp. -- University of California Press, 1971
Full Text (PDF).

This is a useful resource for California and beyond as it has a keys to:

1) the genera of Bembicini of North America;
2) the species of Bembix in California;
3) the 10 species of Bicyrtes in North America;
4) the 7 species of Microbembex in the continental US.

Note: This reference does not cover subtribe Stictiellina (i.e. genera Glenostictia, Microstictia, Steniolia, Stictiella, and Xerostictia)...which are covered in the later companion volume Bohart & Gillaspy(1)(1985).

The Sand Wasps: Natural History and Behavior
By Howard Ensign Evans & Kevin M. O'Neill
Harvard University Press, 2007
This book can be previewed here. I have only browsed it a bit, but it looks like yet another excellent work from Howard Ensign Evans and his collaborators.

Sphecid wasps of the world: a generic revision
By Richard Mitchell Bohart, Arnold S. Menke
University of California Press, 1976
This is an excellent reference work!! The entire masterly obra magnum (675+ pages!) can be read beginning at the link below:

      https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_FExMjuRhjpIC/page/n1

...provided courtesy of the "Internet Archive".

Thanks to Jeff for pointing to this link, which provides access to the entire work...unlike the incomplete coverage available at the Google Books link I had originally posted here.

The Sting of the Wild: The Story of the Man Who Got Stung for Science
By Justin O. Schmidt
John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD, 2016
This book is useful in dispelling myths about broad groups (particularly the oft-maligned Mutillidae). The Appendix contains the rankings for 83 species and includes all ranked species. It's also worth noting that this does mean that the majority of species are unranked, so caution should be taken in creating sweeping claims (as often done on rather erroneous Internet memes).

Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily...
By Pilgrim E.M., von Dohlen C.D., Pitts J.P.
Zoologica Scripta 37: 539–560, 2008
Full title: Molecular phylogenetics of Vespoidea indicate paraphyly of the superfamily and novel relationships of its component families and subfamilies

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Identifying the sister group to the bees: a molecular phylogeny of Aculeata with an emphasis on the superfamily Apoidea
By Debevec A.H., Cardinal S., Danforth B.N.
Zoologica Scripta 41: 527-535, 2012

Evolutionary history of the Hymenoptera
By Peters et al.
Current Biology 27: 1–6, 2017

 
 
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