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Tiny Wasp - Oxybelus uniglumis - female

Tiny Wasp - Oxybelus uniglumis - Female
Essex, Ontario, Canada
July 14, 2006
Size: Tiny
A tiny wasp in the center of Queen Anne's Lace. (Seven-spot lady beetle at left.)

Moved from Oxybelus.

Oxybelus uniglumis
Based on the pale (vs. yellow) markings and the simple (not flared) metanotal process this is very likely O. uniglumis, one of the most common Oxybelus in Ontario. Some rare species are similar and would be hard to separate based on this image.

Wow! Never thought anyone would get a shot of one of these (family Sphecidae, subfamily Crabroninae). Great job! Please try and shoot a few more of these:-) Female Oxybelus nest in sand (try looking along the shores of streams and rivers), and provision the burrow with flies. They carry the paralyzed victim impaled on the stinger! Quite impressive behavior for such a little wasp.

Thank you, Eric. I suspect I have pictures of males - which look quite different - somewhere in the Crabro files. Will try to get a impaled fly picture and hope for no camera shake as I'm laughing my butt off.

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