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possible S. texanus - Sphex texanus - female

possible S. texanus - Sphex texanus - Female
Austin, Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Travis County, Texas, USA
November 10, 2013
Size: rough estimate ~ 20 mm
I thought this might be a Palmodes sp., but there are no records for that genus in central TX. The only images I found were in an old insect book (by L. O. Howard) and, although in B&W, they show the dark wing-tips and light/dark abdomen. Also, this doesn't match any of our other local Sphex spp. My guess is that it is a female, as I've occasionally found a slightly smaller, mostly dark Sphex that doesn't match anything else and might possibly be the male. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated!



Moved from Sphex.

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