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Genus Chalybion - Blue Mud Wasps

Mud Dauber? - Chalybion californicum  Chalybion californicum - Chalybion californicum Big Blue - Chalybion californicum Blue black thread waisted wasp - Chalybion californicum Blue Wasp in Shed - Chalybion californicum Sexing a Blue Mud Wasp - Chalybion californicum - male Chalybion californicum - female Blue Mud Wasp - Chalybion - male
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 (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sceliphrinae
Tribe Sceliphrini
Genus Chalybion (Blue Mud Wasps)
Size
2 spp. in our area(1), 46 spp. total(2)
Identification
our spp. are separated based on features of metapleuron and metanotum (interactive key)
Range
primarily Old World (mostly Afrotropical & Oriental)(2); in our area:(1)
Ch. californicum throughout the US into Canada (QC-ON, BC)
Ch. zimmermanni so. US to NC-IN-UT