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Family Ampulicidae - Cockroach Wasps

Cockroach Wasp - Ampulex ferruginea Wasp? - Ampulex ferruginea Dolichurus greenei? - Dolichurus greenei Ampulex sp.? - Ampulex canaliculata wasp - Ampulex canaliculata Small black wasp with spindle-shaped anterior part of thorax - Ampulex canaliculata Unknown Hymenopteran - Ampulex canaliculata Strange beast - 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 (Apoidea sans Anthophila – Apoid Wasps)
Family Ampulicidae (Cockroach Wasps)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated within Sphecidae sensu lato
4 spp. in 3 genera in our area,(1) ca. 200 spp. in 6 genera worldwide(2)
not yet in the guide: Paradolichurus californicus (San Diego Co., CA)
adults capture cockroach nymphs to feed the larvae ("unlike other sphecoid wasps, carry the prey backwards, on foot, like most pompilids"(1))
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.
2.Catalog of Sphecidae sensu lato