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Species Larra bicolor

Larra bicolor on car window, front quarter view - Larra bicolor - male Mole Cricket Hunter wasp attacked by fire ant  - Larra bicolor Larra bicolor?  - Larra bicolor - female Possible Spider Wasp - Larra bicolor - male red bellied wasp - Larra bicolor Bee sp.? - Larra bicolor bee or wasp? - Larra bicolor - male Unknown Wasp - Larra bicolor
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 (traditional Sphecidae))
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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