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 Sand wasp (Bembix pruinosa)




Sand wasp | Bembix pruinosa photo
Sphecid wasp (Bembix pruinosa) with prey at nest entrance

Photograph by Howard Ensign Evans, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Sand wasp | Bembix pruinosa photo
Sphecid wasp (Bembix pruinosa) adult digging

Photograph by Howard Ensign Evans, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

SAND WASP FACTS

Description
Bembix pruinosa is a digger wasp that preys on flies. It is a black and white wasp, with black head, black on upper side of thorax and paler below. The abdomen is black with bold white bands. The female digs a hole in bare soil where it builds its nest underground and drags paralysed insect prey (flies) into the nest to feed the larvae.

Environment
frequents sandy areas such as sand dunes for nesting.

Food
Larvae feed on insects. The adult wasps feed on nectar.

Breeding
Bembix pruinosa digs a hole in the ground to make a nest. She provisions the nest with insects including flies. When the larvae hatch they feed on the insect larder before pupating and emerging as adults.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Sphecidae
Genus:Bembix
Species:pruinosa
Common Name:Sand wasp


Relatives in same Genus
  Yellow Sand Wasp (B. palmata)