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Species Sphex pensylvanicus - Great Black Digger Wasp

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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 Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Sphecini
Genus Sphex
Species pensylvanicus (Great Black Digger Wasp)
Other Common Names
Great Black Wasp
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ammobia pensylvanica, Chlorion pensylvanicum, Sphex pensylvanicus var. robustisoma Strand 1916
Explanation of Names
Sphex pensylvanicus Linnaeus 1763
average BL: ♂ 22 mm, ♀ 28 mm(1)
se. Canada (ON-QC) & throughout the US (except the northwest) into Mexico
Jul-Sep in NC(2)
Provision nests (in burrow in soft earth) with katydids, such as Microcentrum or Scudderia, usually ~3 prey items per nest.
Life Cycle
see (3)
Works Cited
1.A reclassification of the Sphecinae with a revision of the Nearctic species of the tribes Sceliphronini and Sphecini
Bohart RM and Menke AS. 1963. University of California Publications in Entomology 30:91-182.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.Wasp Farm
Howard Ensign Evans. 1963. Comstock Publishing.