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Genus Oxybelus

Crabronidae - Oxybelus Small black & white bee with red tip - Oxybelus - male - female Hymenoptera - Oxybelus Bee or Fly? - Oxybelus Crabronidae? - Oxybelus Tiny bee - Oxybelus Wasp on Euphorbia esula - another Oxybelus? - Oxybelus Oxybelus sp. - Oxybelus
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 Crabroninae (Square-headed Wasps)
Tribe Oxybelini
Genus Oxybelus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
CA fauna revised in (1)
Explanation of Names
Oxybelus Latreille 1796
43 spp. in our area, of which one (O. bipunctatus) is introduced(2); >260 spp. total(3)
Along shores of streams and rivers, where they nest in sand.
Females nest in sand and capture flies to feed their offspring. Females of O. quadrinotatum carry their prey impaled on the stinger.(1)