Pompilidae

Pompilidae

[pam′pil·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The spider wasps, the single family of the superfamily Pompiloidea.

Pompilidae

 

(synonym, Psammocharidae), the spider wasps, a family of aculeate hymenopterous insects of the superfamily Vespoidea. Generally the insects are of large or medium size. There are more than 3,000 species distributed throughout the world, especially in the tropics. About 150 species are found in the USSR, the greatest diversity occurring in the Transcaucasus and Middle Asia. Most pompilids dig burrows in the ground, where they lay their eggs on spiders that have been paralyzed by stings and that serve as food for the larvae. Some species use prey provisioned by other pompilids.

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Orchard Year Family Genera "La 2010 Megachilidae Trachusa Concepcion" Megachile Anthidium Halictidae Augochlorella 2011 Megachilidae Trachusa Heriades Megachile Anthidium Osmia Halictidae Augochlorella Halictus Augochlora Crabronidae Crabro Apidae Xylocopa Bombus Vespidae Parancistrocerus Ancistrocerus Vespula Sphecidae Chlorion Sphex Ammophila Bicyrtes Pompilidae Pepsis Dipogon Scoliidae Triscolia "San Martin" 2010 Halictidae Augochlora Lasioglossum Megachilidae Trachusa Anthidium Crabronidae Crabro 2011 Megachilidae Trachusa Heriades Megachile Anthidium Halictidae Augochlora Vespidae Ancistrocerus Vespula Orchard Species Number of Specimens "La sp.
Wasps in the family Pompilidae only hunt and provision spiders.
1 Pompilidae 1 Vespidae 1 Sphecidae 1 Apoidea 5 Halictidae 7 Agapostemon sp.
These families include Ichneumonidae, Ormyridae, Eucollidae, Bethyliidae, Dryinidae, Sphecidae, Halictidae, Apidae, Tiphiidae, Mutillidae, Bradynobaenidae, Pompilidae, Vespidae and Formicidae.
Families of Collected at Collected at Number of Hymenoptera Hacienda Kiuic Specimens Collected Tabi Research Collected Station Scoliidae [check] 1 Xiphydriidae [check] 1 Formicidae [check] [check] 30 Vespidae [check] [check] 20 Apidae [check] [check] 27 Ichneumonidae [check] [check] 31 Sphecidae [check] [check] 24 Dryinidae [check] [check] 4 Pompilidae [check] [check] 4 Bradynobaenidae [check] [check] 3 Tiphiidae [check] [check] 6 Halictidae [check] [check] 9 Eucollidae [check] [check] 4 Bethyliidae [check] [check] 3 Ormyridae [check] [check] 2 Mutillidae [check] [check] 6 Braconidae [check] 7 Colletidae [check] 2 Scelionidae [check] 2 Chalcididae [check] 2 Torymidae [check] 1 Diapriidae [check] 1 Eucharitidae [check] 3 Evaniidae [check] 1 Andrenidae [check] 1 Sapygidae [check] 1
Sarcophagidae Unknown Heteroptera Coreidae Acanthocephala confraterna (Uhler) Homoptera Cercopidae Prosapia bicincta (Say) Cicadellidae Jikradia melanota (Spangberg) Unknown Flattidae Flatoidinus punctatus (Walker) Hymenoptera Apidae Apis mellifera Linnaeus ([dagger]) Evaniidae Hyptia reticulata (Say) Formicidae Solenopsis invicta Buren ([dagger]) Halictidae Augochloropsis metallica (Fabricius) ([dagger]) Pompilidae Psorthaspis mariae (Cresson) Sphecidae Hoplisoides sp.
There are undoubtedly additional species that have not been seen and recorded, especially among Sphecidae and Pompilidae.
This honeydew/fungus combination is consumed by a wide variety of insects, including species of Mutillidae, Pompilidae, Bethylidae, Eucharitidae, Ichneumonidae, Braconidae, and Milichiidae, many of which have not been observed visiting saw palmetto flowers.
Keywords: Alopecosa fabrilis, Lycosidae, Arachnospila rufa, Pompilidae, metapopulations