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Genus Astata

Crabronid - Astata occidentalis - female Wasp - Astata - female wasp - Astata Astata? - Astata - male A black paper wasp? - Astata Astata - male Astatinae? - Astata - male Crabronid - Astata
Classification
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 Crabronidae
Subfamily Astatinae
Genus Astata
Explanation of Names
Astata Latreille 1796
Greek astatos 'restless'.
Numbers
14 spp. in our area(1), 80 spp. worldwide(2)
Size
10-16 mm
Identification
Compact sphecids, with large eyes. Males have "wrap-around" (holoptic) eyes. Two widespread eastern species: A. unicolor is all black, A. bicolor has red abdomen, though there may be sexual differences in coloration as well.
Astata can be distinguished from the other nearctic Astatinae genera by having the posterior edge of the 2nd submarginal cell as long or longer than that of 1st submarginal cell (in Dryudella and Diploplectron the 2nd submarginal is shorter than the 1st)(3)
Food
Pentatomidae nymphs(4)
Life Cycle
Nest in burrows in soil, each burrow with several chambers(5)
Print References
Parker F.D. (1962) On the subfamily Astatinae, with a systematic study of the genus Astata of America North of Mexico (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae). Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 55: 643-659.
Works Cited
1.Ascher J.S., Pickering J. (2017) Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)
2.Catalog of Sphecidae sensu lato
3.Sphecid wasps of the world: a generic revision
Richard Mitchell Bohart, Arnold S. Menke. 1976. University of California Press.
4.Solitary Wasps: Behavior and Natural History (Cornell Series in Arthropod Biology)
Kevin M. O'Neill. 2000. Comstock Publishing.
5.Wasp Farm
Howard Ensign Evans. 1963. Comstock Publishing.