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 Thread-waisted Wasp (Ammophila pictipennis)

Thread-waisted Wasp | Ammophila pictipennis photo
Sphecid wasp (Ammophila pictipennis)
Photograph by Jessica Lawrence, Eurofins Agroscience Services, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)




Thread-waisted Wasp | Ammophila pictipennis photo
Sphecid wasp (Ammophila pictipennis)
Photograph by Jessica Lawrence, Eurofins Agroscience Services, Bugwood.org. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)





THREAD-WAISTED WASP FACTS
Description
Ammophila pictipennis is a black Sphecid wasp with orange band on the abdomen and a black bulb-shaped tip to the abdomen. The wasp has a very narrow waist between the thorax and abdomen. The wings are brownish and are held folded on top of each other when at rest. It preys mainly on Noctuid moth larvae.

Size
about 2cm

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

Breeding
the female builds a nest in 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 pictipennis is found in the eastern United States

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Sphecidae
Genus:Ammophila
Species:pictipennis
Common Name:Thread-waisted Wasp


Relatives in same Genus
  Hunting wasp (A. zanthoptera)







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