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Species Podalonia argentifrons - Podalonia argentifrons 0

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 (Apoidea sans Anthophila – Apoid Wasps)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Ammophilinae
Genus Podalonia (Cutworm Wasps)
Species argentifrons (Podalonia argentifrons 0)
Explanation of Names
From Latin: argenti = silvery, frons = forehead(1).
Presumably refers to the male which, according to Fernald (1927), has: "Clypeus and frons...densely silvery pubescent".
Identification
This species has previously been confused with others in the same genus. Identification from images alone is not possible and requires study of very subtle morphological characters under the microscope.
Range
Western US and Canada(2)
Food
Larvae are provisioned with caterpillars exclusively from the family Noctuidae, according to O'Neill & Evans (1999).
Adults nectar at flowers.
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.