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Paratiphia robusta

Paratiphia robusta
Eaton Canyon Natural Area; alluvial bench ~ 1,100 ft., Los Angeles County, California, USA
October 25, 2006
Size: ~16 mm
Taking nectar in Lepidospartum squamatum (Scale Broom).

Help with genus, species, would be appreciated. See also separate submission:

Postscript: ID, based on specimen, by James N. Hogue (Dept. of Biol., CSUN, Northridge, CA).
Thanks to everyone for their input. Eric was on the right track, as so often!

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Moved from Tiphiid Wasps.

Not Scoliidae!
This isn not a scoliid, unless it is severely worn. Easy to get confused, though. This is almost certainly a female tiphiid wasp (family Tiphiidae), possibly in the genus Paratiphia. I recognize it as very similar to rather robust tiphiids I collected in eastern Oregon.

I was about to say that the w
I was about to say that the wing venation looked wrong for a scoliid, I sadly didn't see this the first time

Thanks Eric,
for your comments. Richard has also convinced me that it is a tiphiid wasp. However, I left it in ID Request to gather some more information. Simultaneously, a specimen is being keyed out. Meanwhile, I'll explore the genus Paratiphia. I felt that I couldn't tell gender from these images. You have more experience...
Have you looked at the male version of this (see 'thumb' image)?

I would probably go with camp
I would probably go with campsomeris. that is a scoliid I have never seen. wow thats a really good find. are they common in that area?

Thanks for your comments, William -
Not exactly common, but I've seen a few. I first saw this when photographing Campsomeris tolteca in the same area.

save some of the scoliids in
save some of the scoliids in alcohol filled vials. The closest thing I can think of in the genus scolia, would be scolia mexicana. which I believe is in your area.

have already taken a specimen for ID and will post results.

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