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Species Isodontia auripes - Brown-legged Grass-carrying Wasp

Specidae (Thread-waisted Wasp), ID please - Isodontia auripes - male wasp - Isodontia auripes - female Sphecidae - Isodontia auripes Sphex nudus? - Isodontia auripes Black thread-waisted wasp with reddish legs - Isodontia auripes wasp 5 - Isodontia auripes Isodontia auripes Black wasp with red legs - Isodontia auripes
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)
No Taxon (Apoid Wasps (Apoidea)- traditional Sphecidae)
Family Sphecidae (Thread-waisted Wasps)
Subfamily Sphecinae
Tribe Sphecini
Genus Isodontia (Grass-carrying Wasps)
Species auripes (Brown-legged Grass-carrying Wasp)
Explanation of Names
Author: (Fernald) 1906
circa 20 mm
Brown legs are apparently distinctive, within this genus.
Eastern United States: west to Kansas, Texas.
June-October (North Carolina). July-August (Michigan).
Life Cycle
Nests contain a single large brood chamber. Several larvae develop together in this nest.
Females with prey:
Print References
Brimley, p. 444, Chlorion auripes (1)
Evans, The Wasps, p. 93, fig. 64--nest chamber (2)
Internet References
Univ. Florida--nest provisioned with tree crickets, Oecanthus, does show some partitions.
Works Cited
1.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
2.The Wasps
Howard Ensign Evans, Mary Jane West Eberhard. 1970. University of Michigan Press.