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Family Scoliidae - Scoliid Wasps

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Checkliste der Dolchwespen der Welt (Insecta: Hymenoptera, Scoliidae)
By von Till Osten
Bericht der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft Augsburg, 62: 1–62, 2005
English title: Checklist of the scoliid wasps of the world.


Scoliidae (Hymenoptera) of the Lower Río Grande Valley.
By Porter, C.C.
The Florida Entomologist 64(3): 441-453., 1981
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Charles C. Porter. 1981. Scoliidae (Hymenoptera) of the Lower Río Grande Valley. The Florida Entomologist 64(3): 441-453.


The Lower Rio Grande Valley scoliid fauna includes 5 species: the aestivally common Trielis octomaculata texensis (Saussure), Campsomeris tolteca (Saussure), which abounds throughout the year, and the sporadically encountered Campsomeris completa Rohwer, C. hesterae Rohwer, and C. ephippium (Say). The Trielis seems to be of old Sonoran origin, while the Campsomeris are Neotropic species, some of which invade Sonoran habitats. Valley populations of T. octomaculata and C. tolteca differ in phenology, activity temperatures, flower selection, and habitat preference. Campsomeris hesterae has not been recorded previously from the United States.

Scoliid Wasps of the Southwestern United States
By MacKay W.P.
Southwestern Naturalist 32(3): 357-362, 1987

The Scoliidae of California
By Hurd P.D.
Bull. Calif. Insect Survey 1(6): 141-152, 1952

The species of Campsomeris of the Plumipes Group, inhabiting the United States, the Greater Antilles, and the Bahama Islands
By Bradley, J.C.
Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of Philadelphia 80: 313-337, 1928

Trap-nesting wasps and bees: life histories, nests, and associates
By Krombein K.V.
Smithsonian Press, Washington, DC. vi+570 pp., 1967

Wasps: Their Biology, Diversity, and Role as Beneficial Insects and Pollinators of Native Plants
By Heather N. Holm
Pollination Press LLC; First edition, 2021

The Sting of the Wild: The Story of the Man Who Got Stung for Science
By Justin O. Schmidt
John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD, 2016
This book is useful in dispelling myths about broad groups (particularly the oft-maligned Mutillidae). The Appendix contains the rankings for 83 species and includes all ranked species. It's also worth noting that this does mean that the majority of species are unranked, so caution should be taken in creating sweeping claims (as often done on rather erroneous Internet memes).

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