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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 (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Crabronidae
Subfamily Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Tribe Larrini
Subtribe Larrina
Genus Larra (Mole Cricket Hunters)
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 and the abdomen is thread-wasted:
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