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  • Thread-Waisted Wasp - (Ammophila spp.)

    Thread-Waisted Wasp - (Ammophila spp.)

    Fans of sandy soil, the Thread-waisted Wasps from the Ammophila genus use the loose earth to house their offspring.

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    Staff Writer (9/4/2017): Female Thread-waisted Wasps are solitary creatures. After mating, females will dig small caves into the ground using their legs and jaws. Inside the hole, an egg is laid and given a plump, paralyzed caterpillar 'pillow' for eating once it hatches. After a burrow has been filled, the female covers it with compacted soil to hide her treasure while it grows and develops.

    Adults drink flower nectar and can be found roaming over the ground in arid and semi-arid regions. They are active during the day and can sting in defense if threatened, but they are not considered aggressive.

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    Thread-Waisted Wasp

    Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
    Common name: Thread-Waisted Wasp
    Scientific Name: Ammophila spp.
    Other Names: Sand Wasp

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Hymenoptera
          Family: Sphecidae
           Genus: Ammophila
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 18mm to 25mm (0.71in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: black, red, orange

    Additional Descriptors: digging, skinny, needle, waist, flying, stinging

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona; California; Colorado; Nevada; New Mexico; Texas; Utah; Washington; 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.

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