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Spider Wasp (Priocnemis spp.)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Spider Wasp, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 8/16/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Spider Wasp  
Picture of Spider-Wasp-Priocnemis
Picture of Spider-Wasp-Priocnemis

Spider Wasps are adept at taking on all kinds and sizes of spiders as soon as springtime rolls in.

Little is known about this genus of Spider Wasp, but what is certain is that they attack spiders and are lightening quick. They are rarely seen on blossoms, actively hunting for any type of spider it comes across. Wings are long and may have a blue sheen. Depending on the species, the abdomen may be all black, or red, or a combination of both colors.

Spider Wasp Information

Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common Name: Spider Wasp
Scientific Name: Priocnemis spp.

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Hymenoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Pompilidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Priocnemis
       Arrow graphic Species: spp.

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 5 mm to 15 mm (0.195 inches to 0.585 inches)
Identifying Colors: black
Additional Descriptors: fast, darting, stinging, wasp, flying, blue, metallic, sheen

North American Territorial 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; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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