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Species Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus

Digger wasp with bug - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus - female Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus? - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Wasp - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Horse Guard Wasp - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus - female Sand Wasp - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Hymenopteran - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus wasp-like hymenopteran, wings not folded - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Four-banded Stink Bug Hunter - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus
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)
No Taxon (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Crabronidae
Subfamily Bembicinae
Tribe Bembicini (Sand Wasps)
Subtribe Bembicina
Genus Bicyrtes
Species quadrifasciatus (Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus (Say 1824)
Monedula sallei Guérin-Méneville, 1844
Monedula quadrifasciata Say, 1824
Explanation of Names
QUADRIFASCIATUS = from the Latin quadri or quattuor (four) + fasciatus (banded) - This refers to the four white bands on the sides of the abdomen of the females. The males may have five of these markings.
Size
17-19 mm(1)
Identification
The increasing distance between the pairs of tergal bands posterad is diagnostic. (1)
Range
e. NA (2)
Season
Jun-Oct in NC(3)
Food
Adults may be seen foraging on flowers.
The females provision the nests with paralyzed True Bugs, Suborder Heteroptera. (for the larvae)
Life Cycle
Females with prey: