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Compendium Spot ID Tutorials Labs Glossary NC Pests

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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Sphecidae

Sand Wasps, Digger Wasps, and Mud-daubers


Key Characters:

  • Body relatively devoid of hairs
  • Basal segment of tarsi not enlarged or flattened
  • Lateral margin of pronotum forms a distinct lobe that does not touch the tegula

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The sand wasps, digger wasps, and mud-daubers are identifiable by their short pronotum and bare bodies that are nearly devoid of hairs.  Also distinctive to this family is a lobe on the lateral edge of the pronotum that does not touch the tegula.  The larvae are parasitic while the adults are entomophagous in nature.