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 Yellow Sand Wasp (Bembix palmata)




Yellow Sand Wasp | Bembix palmata photo
Sphecid wasp (Bembix palmata) with prey

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

Yellow Sand Wasp | Bembix palmata photo
Sphecid wasp (Bembix palmata) egg on horse fly host

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

YELLOW SAND WASP FACTS

Description
The Yellow Sand Wasp has yellow head, black and yellow thorax, and yellow legs. The upper side of the thorax is black and may have some yellow markings, and the abdomen is black with prominent well defined 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 open areas with loose soil for nesting

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

Breeding
Bembix palmata 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.

Range
Bembix palmata is found in Australia. This species is listed on the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health we site"invasive.org", but unclear to us if or where it is found in the United States.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Sphecidae
Genus:Bembix
Species:palmata
Common Name:Yellow Sand Wasp


Relatives in same Genus
  Sand wasp (B. pruinosa)