Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Information, insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa


TaxonomyBrowseInfoImagesLinksBooksData
Photo#6124
Vespid wasp - Pachodynerus nasidens

Vespid wasp - Pachodynerus nasidens
DeBary, Florida, USA
August 5, 2004
Another small wasp (~1.5cm) nectaring on Fennel. Looks somewhat like some of the Ancistrocerus species in the subfamily Eumeninae, but I'm not even confident of subfamily.

Moved

Pachodynerus nasidens (FL)
This appears to be the first picture of this species on bugguide (and a very nice one!). P. nasidens is very differently coloured than the other Floridian species of this genus, P. erynnis (several images on Bugguide). P. nasidens is a largely tropical species and occurs throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America as far south as northern Argentina. It also occurs on several Pacific Islands such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Irian Jaya, etc. This picture is furthermore remarkable because it represents the northernmost record of this species. Previous Floridian records are from the Keys, the Miami, and the St. Petersburg area. The species is also known from the Brownsville area, Texas. Perhaps someone can create a new folder for this remarkable species. Another picture of the species (taken two years later) is found here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/81919.

Interesting mimicry
I'v always been somewhat perplexed with this quite unusual color pattern (as far as Eumeninae go). Now, I realize this species is a very good mimic of the social wasp Brachygastra mellifica, whose a picture of workers on their nest envelope has been recently shared by Patrick Coin.

Mason wasp
Yes, subfamily Eumeninae in the Vespidae. Really hard to tell genus, but I'd bet on Euodynerus.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.