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Genus Entypus

pompilid - Entypus fulvicornis Pepsis - Entypus aratus Possible P. mildei - Entypus unifasciatus Spider Wasp - Entypus unifasciatus - female Pepsis? - Entypus aratus - female Spider wasp with spider - Entypus unifasciatus - female  Entypus unifasciatus - Entypus unifasciatus - male Tarantula Hawk??? - Entypus
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)
Superfamily Pompiloidea (Spider Wasps, Velvet Ants and allies)
Family Pompilidae (Spider Wasps)
Subfamily Pepsinae
Tribe Pepsini
Genus Entypus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Priocnemioides is used in Townes(1)(1957).
Explanation of Names
Entypus Dahlbom, 1843
Numbers
7 Species:
Entypus angusticeps
Entypus austrinus
Entypus magnus
Entypus texanus
Size
Very large wasps, not quite rivaling Pepsis or Hemipepsis, but most exceed 20 mm and some may attain lengths of almost 30 mm.
Identification
Large size is one of the best clues.
More technically they belong to the subfamily Pepsinae, tribe Pepsini which is defined by the following characters: groove in 2nd sternite, crease on side of 1st tergite marking off an epipleuron, serrate hind tibiae, at least a partially exposed labrum, concave sides of 1st tergite (look dorsally), spines on end of hind tibia of equal size and spacing.
Subtle wing venation and other characters used to separate genera and species, see Townes(1)(1957) for this information (and keys plus brief species descriptions/discussions).
Range
The genus is found practically transcontinentally but some species have restricted ranges.
Habitat
Open areas, woodland edges; never found in deep woods.
Season
found later in the season (late summer-early autumn)
Food
Adults frequently visit flowers, especially umbellifers and Solidago spp. Adults provision a pre-existing cavity or modification of a pre-existing cavity with a Lycosid spider.
Life Cycle
one generation per year in most of the US
Works Cited
1.Nearctic Wasps of the Subfamilies Pepsinae and Ceropalinae
Henry K. Townes. 1957. Smithsonian Institute Press (Bulletin 209).