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pompilid - Priocnemis minorata

pompilid - Priocnemis minorata
fayetteville, washington County, Arkansas, USA
May 1, 2006
Size: ~15-18mm
i want to say this is a Priocnemis minorata... i had seen them even earlier than when these pictures were taken, and with the serrate hind tibia that is my best guess. very fun to watch little wasps.

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It would be rare to find any other Pepsine this early, with the exception of Caliadurgus which is marked with red and other species of Priocnemis. The serrations of the hind tibia give it away, however, as they are much stronger in the subgenus to which P. minorata belongs (Priocnemissus). I would not even hesitate to move these images to the P. minorata page.

P. minorata
thank you Nick... i will move these to the correct page.

There are three proven species in the collection in Arkansas. P. cornica, germanus and nigripes. P. minorata is the most widespread species in the genus but had not been taken in the state for the collection before. It has been documented here otherwise. In one study 50% of the spiders used by this species were Amaurobiidae.

that is very odd that they would not have one in the collection... well i did not overlook it. if i were to dig up a picture of the other P. minorata i posted that shows the spider better, do you think you would be up for trying to identify it?

That is really strange there are none of this species in the AR collection. There is a literature record for this species for Arkansas(Washington Co., Townes, 1957, p. 85), but in my study it is apparently the most common species in that genus. It may be that most people that only have a general knowledge of spider wasps aren't looking for them in late April-early May, hence the lack of specimens in the local collection.

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