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  • Spider Wasp - (Priocnemis spp.)

    Spider Wasp - (Priocnemis spp.)

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

    Staff Writer (8/16/2017): 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.

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    Spider Wasp

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

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

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 15mm (0.20in to 0.59in)

    Identifying Colors: black

    Additional Descriptors: fast, darting, stinging, wasp, flying, blue, metallic, sheen

    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; 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

    * 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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