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Species Larra bicolor

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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)
No Taxon (Apoidea sans Anthophila – Apoid Wasps)
Family Crabronidae (Square-headed Wasps, Sand Wasps, and Allies)
Subfamily Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Tribe Larrini
Subtribe Larrina
Genus Larra (Mole Cricket Hunter Wasps)
Species bicolor (Larra bicolor)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Larra bicolor (Fabricius, 1804)
♀ ~22mm (1)
♂ ~15mm (BG images)
(introduced) native to South America
Texas to Georgia (BG images)
Larva feed on Mole Crickets:
Life Cycle
Females with prey:
Introduced intentionally in Florida from Bolivia in 1988 and again in 1989 for control of Neoscapteriscus mole crickets, which are also introduced from South America.
See Also
The very similar males of Sphex habenus also have red abdomens, but the eyes are all-black (not with strong green reflections) and the abdomen is thread-waisted:
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