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black fly with silver banded thorax - Liris

black fly with silver banded thorax - Liris
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
September 2, 2012

KCWildlife, this is a male wasp. He has all of the characters of a male Liris argentatus and I don't think that any other look-a-like species have been reported from your area or anywhere near there. (Texas, Florida, New Mexico, etc. being closest) I recommend that you label him as an adult male and move him down. Thanks

According to the Info Page, there are 15 species of Liris in our coverage area. BG has representatives of only two. If you have a link to a key or some other source where all 15 species are described or illustrated, that would be a helpful addition to the Guide.

ID info on the genus Liris
27 Species Total for North America (Many are in Mexico only.)

Ken, I'm still going through the Krombein key, (1984) from the Smithsonian website. (PDF file) Here is the link:
Liris (Fabricus) Krombein & Gingras - 1984

Dr. Ascher also pointed out to me that the California Academy of Sciences website has an updated information database for the traditional wasp family Sphecidae: (2015 or better)
CAS - Catalog of Sphecidae senso lato

FYI - It is down here in the southern USA, around Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Florida, that the multiple other possible species have been reported and must always be considered.
The closest of the look-a-likes is probably Liris mescalero mescalero, with the closest reports of any confirmed sightings being in Texas.

I'll attempt to update the Info Page (although it might take some time to figure out how to add the new references and amend the existing citations--something I've never done before).

In the meantime, I will suggest what I've suggested previously: You should contact John VanDyk and ask to be made an editor so you won't have to depend upon others to make these sorts of changes/enhancements.

Not Yet There, but...
Ken, I was planning to submit a request, in the forums for guide page improvements, to update the info page for the genus, but I wanted to review the distribution maps and the relevant keying data beforehand.
Perhaps I'm glad to know now, that you already working on this difficult and timely task, haha!

In the meantime, I don't want to bother Mr. VanDyk, as yet. There is still a need for you guys to fact check me and all of my wild & sexy bug parties; I'm sure of it.
Plus, I still have hundreds of Gigabytes to process and submit. So, look out, haha! Thanks

If you're working on a request..
...I'll hold off on updating the Info Page. I'd rather tackle everything at once--or, better yet, give someone else with more expertise the opportunity to make the necessary changes. :)

Moved from ID Request.

Looks as if it could be something in Larrini...

...but wait for expert confirmation on that.

Thank you as always, Ken.
Thank you as always, Ken.

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