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Family Ampulicidae - Cockroach Wasps

Cockroach Wasp - Ampulex ferruginea Dolichurus greenei? - Dolichurus greenei Predatory Wasp - Ampulex canaliculata Ampulex sp.? - Ampulex canaliculata Wasp - Ampulex canaliculata Ant? - Ampulex ferruginea Hymenoptera - Ampulex canaliculata Bethylid? - Ampulex canaliculata
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 Ampulicidae (Cockroach Wasps)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated within Sphecidae
4 spp. in 3 genera in our area(1), ca. 200 spp. in 6 genera worldwide(2)
adults capture cockroach nymphs to feed the larvae (and, unlike other sphecoid wasps, carry the prey backwards, on foot, like most pompilids)(1)