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unidentified wasp - Palmodes dimidiatus

unidentified wasp - Palmodes dimidiatus
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Kent County, Delaware, USA
August 19, 2012
Has red-orange abdomen with black rear tip (hard to see in this photo).

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And that's why...
...I suggest waiting for the experts. :)

I think it's Palmodes dimidiatus

Moved from Prionyx.

Thanks for understanding. We may end up moving these back to Prionyx--but at least we'll be sure that's where they belong.

Just so you know, the ID process doesn't stop until it's been taken as far as possible. It may take a while, but eventually most images get placed where they belong by experts who really know what they're doing. :)


I strongly suggest
leaving this at the order level until an expert has had a chance to see it. I could very well be right with my guess--but I could just as well be wrong. It won't hurt to wait a bit for a trustworthy ID.

That's agreeable. (I'm ne
That's agreeable.

(I'm new to the site and didn't know if I should expect any further input regarding the ID, so I moved the image to the best guess given. If the norm here is that eventually an expert looks at every/most submissions [sounds like a big task!] and classifies them, then I'm happy to leave the image moving to them. )

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

I'm pretty sure now that it's a Sphecid... but not quite sure enough to move it to family. Let's wait to see what the experts have to say. :)

Looks like ...
it might be a Mydas Fly

No, definitely Hymenoptera
I'd guess Pompilidae, but I'm not completely certain about the family.

more pics
Here are 2 more pics of the same subject:

Revised guess...
...based on the new pics (which really should be added to the current BG image by clicking on the "add image" link):

Maybe Prionyx?

Added those two pics. (I had
Added those two pics. (I hadn't figured out earlier how to add second and subsequent pics.)

After looking at lots of Prionyx photos in BugGuide, Prionyx looks feasible. Perhaps P. parkeri or P. fervens? I'm not sure if the variation in black splotches on the red-orange abdomen serves as a reliable field mark for IDing to the species level.

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