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 Hunting wasp (Ammophila zanthoptera)

Hunting wasp | Ammophila zanthoptera photo
Hunting wasp (Ammophila zanthoptera) adult with forage looper prey
Photograph by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)








HUNTING WASP FACTS
Description
Ammophila zanthoptera (Hunting Wasp) is a black wasp with very narrow waist and an orange band on the abdomen. The tail of the abdomen is bulb shaped. The wings are brownish and are held folded on top of each other when at rest. It preys mainly on insect larvae which it drags to a nest in the soil.

Size
about 2cm

Food
The adults wasps feed on nectar from flowers. Wasp larvae feed on host caterpillars

Breeding
the female digs a hole in sandy soil, where she drags several captured caterpillars. She lays egg on one of the caterpillars. The larva feeds on the caterpillars.

Range
Ammophila zanthoptera is found in western parts of the United States, Mexico

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Sphecidae
Genus:Ammophila
Species:zanthoptera
Common Name:Hunting wasp


Relatives in same Genus
  Thread-waisted Wasp (A. pictipennis)







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