Great Golden Digger Wasp
( Sphex ichneumoneus )


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IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Sphex ichneumoneus
(Linnaeus ,1758 )
Common Name:Great Golden Digger Wasp
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Hymenoptera
Suborder:Apocrita
Family:Sphecidae
Subfamily:Sphecinae
Tribe:Sphecini
Genus:Sphex
Taxon Code:HYM00337
ITIS/TSN:154327

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Gardens at Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100110

RECOGNITION
Description
A robust sphecid, frequent on flowers and very active. Head and thorax have golden hair. Abdomen black with orange/red on first segment.
Body Length
15-27 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
Takes nectar at flowers. Feeds its young on various types of paralyzed Orthoptera.
Host
Female digs burrow almost vertically. Cells are dug radiating out from central tunnel. Larvae are provisioned with crickets, camel crickets, katydids (long-horned grasshoppers). One paralyzed prey is placed in each cell, and one egg is laid on it. One generation per year.
Habitat
Fields, meadows, with sandy areas nearby.
Range
United States and southern Canada, south into neotropics.
Development
Female digs burrow almost vertically. Cells are dug radiating out from central tunnel. Larvae are provisioned with crickets, camel crickets, katydids (long-horned grasshoppers). One paralyzed prey is placed in each cell, and one egg is laid on it. One generation per year.

CREDITS
Photographer
Damon Tighe
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Species Sphex ichneumoneus - Great Golden Digger Wasp. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/414). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
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