Other Common Names
Katydid Wasp (note: may cause confusion as this name can refer to various members of this genus and beyond). Possibilities for more appropriate, species-specific common names may include "Nude Katydid Wasp", "Unadorned Katydid Wasp", or "Unadorned Digger Wasp".
Explanation of Names
Author of species is Fernald, 1903.
A dark Sphex with silvery pubescence on thorax and distinctive tan legs.
Southeastern United States. California Academy of Sciences (Internet references) lists records from Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina. See also BugGuide records under the Data tab--records from as far north as IL and NY.
July-August (North Carolina)
Provisions nest with katydids and gryllacridids.
One of the wasp's chief hosts is Camptonotus carolinensis
also has tan legs. Note the pattern on thorax and the golden pubescence.
is similar in coloration, but note the much longer petiole
("wasp waist"). It also has more orange final tarsi ("feet") and darker setae.
Brimley, p. 444, lists as Chlorion nudum
from coastal plain and mountains of North Carolina (1)