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wasp - Sphex habenus - male

wasp - Sphex habenus - Male
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, USA
July 14, 2006

Moved from Sphex.

Sphex habenus Say

Certainly in that genus. S. jamaicensis was found in Florida by Krombein, otherwise restricted to Cuba and the Bahamas.

The holotype of S. flavovestitus is from GA.

Thanks for the help. I did a google on both S. jamaicensis and S. flavovestitus but was not able to find much.

Reminds me of Sphex jamaicensis, but don't know if that species occurs where you are.

Thanks a lot. I couldn't find anything about Sphex jamaicensis occuring in the Atlanta area.

Sphex species
I wonder if this could be the "missing" Sphex flavovestita, which shows up on checklists for the Southeast, but nobody has seen. See discussion here:

Of course, here is a photo from Florida of jamaciensis, which does look pretty similar, though it is not nearly as close and crisp as Bill's:

Thanks for the help and the link to the discussion.

Identical one seen in NC
Just saw this one:

Looks the same as yours above, whatever they are--I'm betting Sphex flavovestitus, but that's just a hunch by process of elimination.

I'm betting
on Sphex flavovestitus too. I'm seeing other similar wasps here too that look like they have a darker abdomen. I can't get close enough to get any kind of photo though.

Subfamily sphecinae, not sure what genus (Sphex?). It's an awesome wasp either way.

Thanks a lot.

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