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    Great Black Wasp - (Sphex pensylvanicus)

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    Great Black Wasp


    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Great Black Wasp
    Scientific Name: Sphex pensylvanicus
    Other Names: Katydid Hunter, Steel-blue Cricket Hunter

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Sphecidae
           Genus: Sphex
            Species: pensylvanicus





    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 35mm (0.79in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: black

    Additional Descriptors: large, blue, steel, shiny, flying, stinging, waist


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Mexico


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.