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Wasp1 - Anoplius

Wasp1 - Anoplius
Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Size: 20mm
I think this is a spider wasp but I'm not sure of genus

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Wasp1 - Anoplius Wasp1 - Anoplius


Anoplius sp.
We'll see what Nick Fender says, but I'm betting this will be a spcies of Anoplius, probably A. aethiops, a real giant:-)

Apologies to Nick FENSLER for misspelling his name! Geez. I guess it is because I knew another entomolgist named Fender at one time....

No worries.
I've seen it spelled worse, and at least you knew someone by the name you misspelled it as:-)

thanks again! This guy/gal is not nearly as big as my other possible Anoplius... this one is also jet black

Anoplius (Anoplius) sp.
This is another Anoplius and it appears to lack a true tarsal comb so is in the subgenus Anoplius, although as Eric pointed out it does superficially resemble A. aethiops, but this wasp is practically naked:-). Again, a tough subgenus to narrow things down to species without specimen-in-hand (but cake compared to subgenus Pompilinus, identifying females will make you want to jump off of the nearest object at deadly height). I can tell you this: It is probably (I always leave myself a way out when I don't have a specimen) not the same species as the other Anoplius (subgenus, that is) you posted. The spines on the tarsi are much longer (more than the width of the tarsus) and stronger. This is indicative of the illinoensis-species group, which includes A. illinoensis, A. ventralis, and A. imbellis. This is mostly conjecture past subgenus, however since it's just too difficult (for me, at least) without having a specimen. Sorry again.

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