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1 March 2010 Prey and Nesting Behavior of Some North American Spider Wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae)
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This study presents prey records and nesting information for 13 species of spider wasps: Hemipepsis ustulata, Priocnessus nebulosus, and Priocnemis cornica (Tribe Pepsini); Auplopus architectus, A. caerulescens (Tribe Auplopodini); and Tachypompilus ferrugineus, T. unicolor, Anoplius (Pompilinus) marginatus complex, A. (P) splendens, A. (Anoplius) nigerrimus, A. (A.) virginiensis, Arachnospila arctus, and A. scelestus (Tribe Pompilini). Cumulative prey records for Priocnessus nebulosus, Tachypompilus ferrugineus, T. unicolor, and Arachnospila scelestus indicate limited prey selection. Cursorial hunting spiders were more susceptible to predation by the spider wasps than web-spinning spiders. Wasp nesting sites varied among natural and man-made microhabitats.

Frank E. Kurczewski "Prey and Nesting Behavior of Some North American Spider Wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae)," Northeastern Naturalist 17(1), (1 March 2010). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.017.0109
Published: 1 March 2010
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