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  • Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp - (Myzinum quinquecintum)

    Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp - (Myzinum quinquecintum)

    The parasitic Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp is good news for flowers, but bad news for beetles.

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    Staff Writer (1/15/2014): This medium-sized wasp is highly beneficial because they prey on a variety of beetles that destroy trees and flowers. The female wasp lays an egg on May Beetle larvae buried in the ground. The wasp larva hatches and immediately invades the beetle where it slowly eats it from the inside out, eventually killing it. The wasp larvae then mature into adults in early summer.

    Unfortunately, this wasp is also a victim of parasitism by Velvet Ants and may find its own larvae the acting as the meal of that wasp (Velvet Ants are actually wasps in disguise).

    Males have a pseudo-stinger at the tip of their abdomen, while females have the real thing. Adults drink nectar from flowers. This species can be found in gardens, meadows, fields or on lawns.

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    Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Five-Banded Tiphiid Wasp
    Scientific Name: Myzinum quinquecintum

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Tiphiidae
           Genus: Myzinum
            Species: quinquecintum

    Size (Adult, Length): 30mm to 35mm (1.18in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: black; yellow

    Additional Descriptors: long, flying, stinging

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

    * 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.

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