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Species Stizus brevipennis

Crabronid - Stizus brevipennis - female Crabronid - Stizus brevipennis - female S. brevipennis - Stizus brevipennis - female Large Wasp - Stizus brevipennis Stizus brevipennis Stizus brevipennis? - Stizus brevipennis Stizus 454A 9421 & 9423 & 9433 - Stizus brevipennis Stizus 454A 9421 & 9423 & 9433 - Stizus brevipennis
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 (Apoidea sans Anthophila – Apoid Wasps)
Family Crabronidae (Square-headed Wasps, Sand Wasps, and Allies)
Subfamily Bembicinae
Tribe Bembicini (Sand Wasps)
Subtribe Stizina
Genus Stizus
Species brevipennis (Stizus brevipennis)
Size
About 30mm
Identification
This species looks superficially quite like Sphecius speciosus (the eastern cicada-killer wasp), but the abdominal banding is much less "ornate". These markings lack a hooked structure and are overall broader and smoother. The scutellum and postscutellum are also marked in yellow, unlike in S. speciosus.

          
Stizus brevipennis (left) versus Sphecius speciosus (right)
Range
eastern US to Texas(1)
Food
Adults visit flowers, larvae are provisioned with katydids.
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Hymenoptera in America North of Mexico
Karl V. Krombein, Paul D. Hurd, Jr., David R. Smith, and B. D. Burks. 1979. Smithsonian Institution Press.