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Family Scoliidae - Scoliid Wasps

? - Dielis plumipes - female Wasp - Dielis plumipes Scolia nobilitata? - Scolia nobilitata - male Scoliid wasp  - male SCREECH - Pygodasis quadrimaculata Wasp - Crioscolia alcione Noble Scoliid Wasp - Scolia nobilitata - female  Scolioidea ? - Scolia nobilitata
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)
Superfamily Scolioidea
Family Scoliidae (Scoliid Wasps)
Other Common Names
Flower Wasps, Mammoth Wasps, Scarab Hawks, Scarab Hunters
Pronunciation
sco-LEE-ih-dee
Explanation of Names
Scoliidae Latreille 1802
See Scolia
Numbers
21 spp. in 7 genera in our area*(1)(2); 560 spp. in >140 genera total(3)
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*not including Campsomeriella annulata and Micromeriella marginella modesta introduced to control the Japanese beetle but not established
Size
10-50 mm
Identification
Robust, hairy, medium-sized to large
Wings with longitudinal wrinkles towards the apex
Mesosternum and metasternum divided by a transverse suture
Hind coxae well-separated
Range
worldwide; in NA, most diverse in the south
Season
Summer
Food
Larvae are parasitoids of ground-dwelling scarab grubs, esp. Phyllophaga; adults take nectar
Life Cycle
Female digs down to the host grub, stings it, and lays an egg on the paralyzed grub(5)
See Also
Male Mutillidae (wings not wrinkled), Tiphiidae, Thynnidae
Print References
(6)(7)(8)
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.Checkliste der Dolchwespen der Welt (Insecta: Hymenoptera, Scoliidae)
von Till Osten. 2005. Bericht der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft Augsburg, 62: 1–62.
3.Order Hymenoptera. In: Zhang Z-Q (ed) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classif. and survey of taxonomic richness
Aguiar AP, Deans AR, Engel MS, Forshage M, Huber JT, Jennings JT, Johnson NF, Lelej AS, Longino JT, Lohrmann V, Mikó I, Ohl M. 2013. Zootaxa 3703: 51–62.
4.University of Florida: Featured Creatures
5.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.
6.The Scoliidae of California
Hurd P.D. 1952. Bull. Calif. Insect Survey 1(6): 141-152.
7.Scoliid Wasps of the Southwestern United States
MacKay W.P. 1987. Southwestern Naturalist 32(3): 357-362.
8.Scoliidae (Hymenoptera) of the Lower Río Grande Valley.
Porter, C.C. 1981. The Florida Entomologist 64(3): 441-453.