This inconspicuous Spider Wasp is adept at taking on all kinds and all 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 about it. They are rarely seen, but when they are, it is usually on blossoms, actively hunting for any type of spider that comes along. Wings are long black with a blue sheen on them. Depending on the species, the abdomen may be all black or red, or a combination of both colors.
Scientific Name: Priocnemis spp.
Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 15mm (0.20in to 0.59in)
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees and Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.