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Species Scolia bicincta - Double-banded Scoliid Wasp

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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 Scoliinae
Genus Scolia
Species bicincta (Double-banded Scoliid Wasp)
Explanation of Names
Scolia bicincta Fabricius, 1775
bicincta - Latin for 'two-girdled' (Based on Internet searches)
21-25 mm (1); 15-20 mm (Scoliid wasps of Florida)
Dark and hairy, medium-sized wasp. Two creamy white bands on abdomen. Perhaps this is mimicry of the Mason Wasp, Monobia quadridens:
Eastern and central North America
Fields with flowers
Late Summer: July-September, sometimes October (North Carolina)
Adults visit flowers.
Life Cycle
No doubt a parasitoid of beetle larvae, as are other members of this genus.
North Carolina State University Entomology Collection has 125 pinned, including specimens from that state.
Print References
Bland, p. 380--gives size, range. (1)
Brimley, p. 439, gives season in North Carolina. (2)
Eaton and Kaufman, pp. 350-351 (3)
Salsbury, p. 265--photo (4)
Internet References
Scoliid Wasps of Florida - Featured Creatures
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Insects
Roger G. Bland, H.E. Jaques. 1978. WCB/McGraw-Hill.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America
Eric Eaton, Kenn Kaufman. 2006. Houghton Mifflin.
4.Insects in Kansas
Glenn A. Salsbury and Stephan C. White. 2000. Kansas Dept. of Agriculture.