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Genus Bicyrtes

Wasp or bee? - Bicyrtes Crabronidae - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus - male Sand wasp - Bicyrtes crabronid - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Burrowing Wasp - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus - female Sand Wasp with green stink bug nymph prey - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus - female Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus? - Bicyrtes quadrifasciatus Sand wasp - Bicyrtes
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 (traditional Sphecidae))
Family Crabronidae (Square-headed Wasps, Sand Wasps, and Allies)
Subfamily Bembicinae
Tribe Bembicini (Sand Wasps)
Subtribe Bembicina
Genus Bicyrtes
Other Common Names
Sand Wasps (also applied to genus Bembix, which is closely related)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bicyrtes Lepeletier 1845
Explanation of Names
Latin bis 'two' + Greek kyrtos 'humped' --refers to two projections from the middle of the body (1)
Numbers
8 spp. in our area(2), 27 spp. total(3)
Identification
key to spp. in(4)
Range
New World genus (Canada to Panama, West Indies); throughout the US and adjacent Canada(2)(3)
Habitat
Found at fields with flowers. Nests in sandy soil.
Life Cycle
Provision nests with true bugs, esp. Pentatomidae, also Coreidae), and sometimes Reduviidae; the nest is "mass-provisioned", i.e., stocked just once, then closed (1)(5)(6)