AR Pompilidae


Working list of the Pompilid wasps likely in Arkansas. Obtained from internet sources and the Nearctica North American list as well as Evans three volume Taxonomic studies from the 50's. There are about 300 North American species in 34 genera. This is a much smaller group overall than the related Sphecidae. Not all those listed below are proven for the state. I have 27 genera here and 125 species with three additional subspecies in the Anoplius genus. This is likely slightly generous for our state with 44 of these yet collected. Species with AR in blue have specimens in the U of A Fayetteville collection (72 species). The number of counties for Arkansas is in brackets. County listing is here for the species with over three counties. And someone at the museum in the past must have had connections because virtually every specimen of Pompilid there was determined to species by Howard Ensign Evans.

 

All species use spiders for their food caches. Almost all are ground nesters with the exception of a few trap nesters in Dipogon and Auplopus. Often the Pompilids are colored with combinations of blacks and oranges. Some are very large. And the sting of the Pompilids is renowned. On the pain scale it exceeds the rating of the stunning Velvet ant sting. A few of these wasps take adult Tarantulas head to head in one of the higher heroic acts in the insect world.

 

 

Former genera in this previously confusing group are in parentheses. There are very few images of these wasps on the internet. But any links available are linked to species or genera. States listed are the ones I have from multiple sources and from Howard Ensign Evans' 1950, 3 volume work A Taxonomic Study of the Nearctic Spider Wasps Belonging to the Tribe Pompilini. That work does not cover the whole family so some ranges are still incomplete. Subspecies are included where defined in Evans' papers. Texas only species are not included until they are proven to occur elsewhere in the east. I also have information on the Pepsinae and Ceropalinae from Townes' Smithsonian paper from 1957. I will add a genera key for some Pompilinae to the site when I define one from Evans' papers. It is now here. And a species key for the large genus Anoplius. Clicking on the genus name will take you to any prepared keys to species.

 

Nick Fensler's Ohio work and growing website on Pompilids.

 

 


 

 

                        Ageniella

 

(In the Pepsinae group with no pocket in the wing cell but odd with the first tergite petiolate appearing with concave margins from above. Propodeum mainly without long erect hairs. Males apparently very different in appearance from the larger females.)

 

accepta (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)              

Subgroup Ageniella. Females with outer edge of hind tibia smooth. Head and body all fulvo-ferruginous. No median tooth on the clypeus as in conflicta. Forewing subhyaline with crossbands.

AL AR[3] AZ

FL GA IL KS

NM NC OK TX UT

 

agenioides (Fox) 1893 (Priocnemis)           

Subgroup Priophanes (of Townes). Females with strong teeth on hind tibia and no concave area between teeth and spine row. Lower edge of mandible with a longitudinal ridge. Apical margin of clypeus moderately wide. Tibia and femora black; abdomen black in female. Female forewing 4.5-6.0mm.

AR[1] CT

GA KS LA MD

MN MS NY NC OH SC

 

 

arcuata (Banks) 1910 (Cryptocheilus)         

Subgroup Priophanes (of Townes). Females with strong teeth on hind tibia and no concave area between teeth and spine row. Lower edge of mandible with a longitudinal ridge. Apical margin of clypeus moderately wide. Tibia and femora black; abdomen red in female. Female forewing 5.0-5.8mm.

AR[3] DC

GA IL KS

LA NC SC TX VA

 

conflicta Banks 1944 (Ageniella)                

Subgroup Ageniella. Females with outer edge of hind tibia smooth. Head and body all fulvo-ferruginous. Blunt median tooth on the clypeus. Forewing subhyaline with crossbands.

AL AZ GA IL KS MA

NE NJ NM NC SC TN TX

 

 cupida (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)               

Subgroup Ageniella. Females with outer edge of hind tibia smooth. And with bluish iridescence of the head and body.

AR[1] CO GA IA

KS NY PA VA

 

faceta (Cresson) 1872 (Priocnemis)             

Subgroup Priophanes (of Townes). Females with strong teeth on hind tibia and no concave area between teeth and spine row. Lower edge of mandible with a longitudinal ridge. Apical margin of clypeus moderately wide.

DC GA MO

NC OH TX VA

 

fulgifrons (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)         

Subgroup Leucophrus. Females having weak tibial teeth and the tibia concave between the dorsal and weak rows of teeth. Abdomen black in the females. Long golden pubescence on face and clypeus. Males with white 7th segment dorsally and cream bands along inner eye and on clypeus.

AR[3] CT

IL KS LA

MI NC OH PA VA

 

incita (Banks) 1911 (Cryptocheilus)             

Subgroup Leucophrus. Females having weak tibial teeth and the tibia concave between the dorsal and weak rows of teeth. Abdomen black in females. Face and clypeus with white pubescence. Males also with white 7th segment. More punctate head and pronotum than fulgifrons.

KS TX

 

longula (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)              

Subgroup Nemagenia. Females with interruption in the hind tibial brush border. And more elongate pronotum. Prominently toothed hind tibia with two rows of teeth.

AR[4] CA IL KS

LA MO NC TX

 

 

norata Banks 1914 (Ageniella)                    

Subgroup Ageniella. Females with outer edge of hind tibia smooth. Clypeus with a median apical pair of blunt teeth in female. Less blue iridescence than cupida but similar.

KS NY NC PA

 

partita Banks 1919 (Ageniella)                    

Subgroup Ageniella. Females with outer edge of hind tibia smooth. Abdomen rufous or ferruginous. Apical margin of clypeus polished.

AR[1] AZ CA

CO FL GA

LA NC TX VA

 

placita placita (Banks) 1910 (Cryptocheilus)

Subgroup Priophanes (of Townes). Females with strong teeth on hind tibia and no concave area between teeth and spine row. Lower edge of mandible with a longitudinal ridge. Apical margin of clypeus moderately wide. Tibiae and hind femur rufous including trochanter in this subspecies. Head and thorax black. May to late August flight. Female forewing 4.3 -5.3mm.

AL LA TX

 

semitincta (Banks) 1912 (Priocnemis)         

Subgroup Leucophrus. Females having weak tibial teeth and the tibia concave between the dorsal and weak rows of teeth. Abdomen red in the females. Forewing of female 5.7-8.5mm.

AL AR[1] CA DC FL

GA IL IA KS LA

MD NM NC OH SC TX VA

 

utilis (Cameron) 1891 (Pseudagenia)             

Subgroup Ageniella. Females with outer edge of hind tibia smooth.

AR[1] TX

 

vogeli Townes 1957 (Ageniella)                    

Subgroup Ageniella. Females with outer edge of hind tibia smooth. Pronotum and abdomen dull black without bluish iridescence. Clypeus with a pair of blunt median teeth.

AR[1] GA KS

NC PA SC VA

                        Agenioideus

 

(Closely related to Auplopus. Evans had three subgenera in Agenioideus. Our species birkmanni is in a separate subgenus from humilis. Females of birkmanni have strong tarsal combs and moderately spiny legs. Females of humilis have neither.)

 

birkmanni (Banks) 1910 (Psammochares)    

Black species, usually silvery sericeus; 5-11mm females.

AZ AR[2] CA CO GA

KS MD MO TX WY

 

humilis Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                   

Black species, inner orbits and hind tibiae usually with a pale spot; 5.5-10.5mm females.

AR[1] CA CO FL

NC MN OH TX

                        Allaporus

 

(Has a distinct hindwing veination with a sharp angle of the transverse median vein.)

 

pulchellus (Banks) 1910 (Planiceps)           

Female black, abdomen sometimes red. Hind femora red when abdomen is. Sometimes also hind tibia and middle femora. Short pubescence. Wings with uniform infuscation. Male entirely black. Females 4.5 - 5.5 mm.

AL AR[1] CA MD OR TX VA

                        Anoplius

(See key for this large genus)

 

acapulcoensis (Cameron) 1893 (Pompilus)     

AR[2]

 

aethiops (Cresson) 1865 (Pompilus)                  

Black violaceous, clothed with fine dark pubescence with metallic colors; found in fields, meadows and prairies, never on open sand; female 13-23mm.

AL AR[1] CA

CT GA IL NC MI

MN MT OH SD TX WI

 

americanus americanus (Beauvois) 1805 (Pompilus)    

Black, with second and third tergite with a pair of orange spots, wings subhyaline; found on sandy or barren areas and clay banks; female 9-16mm.

AR[3] CO GA IL

KS LA MI MN MS

NE NY NC OH PA SD TX

 

americanus juxtus (Cresson) 1865 (Pompilus)          

Black with the basal three abdominal segments in large part orange; found on beaches and stream banks; female 9-17mm.

AL CA LA KS NM TN

 

apiculatus apiculatus (Smith) 1855 (Pompilus)      

Female as on below subspecies except whiter overall on thorax without contrasting white stripes on thorax. Both species with terminal bristles on six segment in females.

AR[1] AZ TX

 

apiculatus autumnalis (Banks) 1914 (Pompilus)    

Female head and thorax black, abdomen bright rufo-ferruginous over first three or four segments, black otherwise, wings hyaline, body patterned with pale and dark pubescence, some silvery, always with a band of silver along the posterior pronotum; found on gravelly and sandy streambanks; used exclusively Lycosidae in one study; female 7.5-13mm.

AL FL IL KS

MN NY NC OH PA TX

 

atrox (Dahlbom) 1843 (Pompilus)                            

Black with second tergite marked with a pair of orange spots which may be confluent medially, hairy, rarely metallic reflective; found in fields and meadows; female 15-24mm.

AL AR[6] AZ CT CO FL

IL LA MA MI MN

MT NM NC NY SD TX

 

bengtssoni (Regan) 1923 (Lophopompilus)          

Black with a pair of orange spots on second tergite, femora often hairy, close to atrox with narrower eye separation dorsally and more comb-spines; large females 17-26mm.

AL AR[4]

FL KS MA MI

MN NY NC PA SD TX

 

bolli Banks 1917 (Anoplius)                                   

Black, with brownish-fuscous pubescence that is a little paler on the front; abdomen bluish or purplish, pronotum slightly hairy; clay riverbanks; female 13-18.5mm.

KS MO NJ

NC PA TX VA

 

cleora (Banks) 1917 (Psammochares)                  

Black with deep bluish, purplish pubescence, body extensively hairy, wings dark; found almost exclusively on open sand near water courses; used exclusively Lycosidae in one study; female 13-19mm.

AZ CA CO IN

KS MI MN NC

ND NJ NY OH

OR TX VT WV

 

clystera (Banks) 1914 (Pompiloides)                  

Black, pubescence fusco-violaceous, with bluish abdomen; female 7-13mm.

AR[1] AZ CO KS NM TX

 

cylindricus (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)            

Black with abdomen marked with orange or yellow-brown over the first two tergites, occasionally the third, pubescence brownish; inland well-drained areas; female 4.5-12mm.

AZ CO CT FL MT MN

NM NC NY OR TX UT

 

depressipes Banks 1919 (Anoplius)                

Black, wings fuliginous, violaceous, sometimes with silvery pubescence on the front coxae in front and the middle and hind coxae behind, rather hairy; known to use aquatic spider species;

female 11-20mm.

AL AR[1] FL GA KS MA

MD MN MI ME NC

NY NJ PA VA WI WV

 

illinoensis (Robertson) 1901 (Pompilus)        

Black, wings lightly to moderately infuscated, pubescence brownish-fuscous, violaceous abdomen; lacks a tarsal comb; female 9-16mm.

AR[1] GA IL KS ME

MI MN MO NC ND OH TX

 

imbellis Banks 1944 (Anoplius)                      

Black, front wings moderately infuscated, hind wings subhyaline, pubescence brownish-fuscous, sometimes silvery on the sides of the lower front; favors small streams; female small 5-10mm.

AR[2] CA KS MA NM

NC NY TN TX UT VA

 

insolens (Banks) 1912 (Pompiloides)              

Black with brownish-violaceous pubescence; sandy areas; female 7.5-14mm.

AR AZ CA GA KS KT MA

ME MI MN NC NY TX

 

ithaca (Banks) 1912 (Psammochares)               

Black, fore wings hyaline basally, become gradually infuscated toward the apex, pubescence fuscous-violaceous, often silvery on the hind coxae, sometimes with silvery bands at the bases of the basal abdominal tergites; female 5.5-11mm.

AR[1] AZ CA GA ME

MN NM NC NY TX VT

 

lepidus atramentarius (Dahlbom) 1844 (Pompilus)    

Common, black, violet or purple reflections with some blue-greens, wings dark; wide-ranging but prefers bare clay soil areas along water; female 15-24mm.

AL AR[6] CT FL IN KS LA NE

NJ NY OH OK PA TX

 

lepidus lepidus (Say) 1836 (Pompilus)             

AR[5] AZ IL NC TX

 

marginalis (Banks) 1910 (Psammochares)        

Black with orange over most of the second tergite and sometimes extending into next tergite; wings wholly fuliginous; females 11-20mm.

AL AR[2] AZ CO

FL MA NE NJ NM

NC PA SD TX VA WI

 

marginatus (Say) 1824 (Pompilus)                   

One of the commonest species, black with orange brown over most of the second tergite and part of the basal tergites, pubescence brownish; sandpits, gardens and sandy woodlands; used 40% Salticidae in one study; female 5.5-13mm.

AL AR[1] AZ CO FL IL LA

MI MN MT NM NC OK TX

 

papago Banks 1941 (Anoplius)                        

Black with intense blues, sometimes rich Prussian blue; female 8.5-15mm.

AR[1] TX

 

percitus Evans 1950 (Anoplius)                       

Black, forewings lightly infuscated, pubescence wholly brownish-cinereous; female 6-9.5mm.

AL AR[2] CO KS MA

MI NC NY PA TX VA

 

rectangularis gillaspyi Evans 1950 (Pompilinus)         

Female unknown.

NC TX

 

relativus (Fox) 1893 (Pompilus)                      

Widely distributed, very variable, males easily separated by strong brushes of hair on the venter, females black often bluish reflecting, hairy; sandy, gravelly waste areas in open country; females 11-21mm.

AR[4] FL LA

MA MI TX VT

 

semirufus (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)             

Black with base of the abdomen more or less orange over the first two tergites, head and thorax shining, wings lightly infuscated, silvery pubescent body otherwise; sandy areas; 75% Lycosidae in one study; female 7-13mm.

AL AR[1] FL LA

KS MI MT NC SD TX

 

splendens Dreisbach 1949 (Pompilinus)            

Black with the first two abdominal tergites for the most part pale brownish-yellow, approaching orange, pubescence brownish, silvery on the head; sandy places, gardens and light soil; female 7.5-14.5mm.

AL AZ CO GA

MN MI ME ND NY

NJ NC OH PA SD TX VT

 

stenotus bequaerti (Dreisbach) 1949 (Pompilinus)    

Female was unknown to Evans, male black, silvery over the head and thorax; sand pits and dunes.

FL IL KS MN MI NC TX

 

subcylindricus (Banks) 1917 (Pompiloides)    

Black, pubescence wholly dark, somewhat violaceous; small sandy or gravelly areas; female 5.5 - 9.5mm.

AL AR[4] FL KS

MI MN NE NH

ND NC NM TX UT VA

 

tenebrosus (Cresson) 1865 (Pompilus)               

Black, pubescence brownish to black with some violaceous color especially on the abdomen; females 7.5-15mm.

CA CO IL MN MI NC NJ

NM NV PA SD UT VI WI

 

ventralis (Banks) 1910 (Psammochares)            

Black, pubescence very dark, deep bluish; wide ranging; female 10-15mm.

AR[2] FL LA

MI MN NC SD TX

 

virginiensis (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)             

Black, pubescence very fine brownish, usually silvery on the middle and hind coxae; woodlands; female 8-13.5mm.

CO CT GA IL

KS KT MI MN MO NC OH

                        Anoplochares

(Genus split from Pompilus and only two members. A. similaris occurs in New England and east of the Appalachians. Very similar. More open country species.)

 

apicatus Provancher 1882 (Pompilus)                  

Color black, posterior orbits sometimes with a pale spot. Front wings moderately infuscated. Pubescence brownish. Clypeus over three times as broad as high. Antennae length very variable. Evans had no records ever of this fairly common wasp being taken with a spider. Prefers sheltered woodlands in the east. Early summer species and even active in March and April in the south. Female 6.5-14mm.

AL AR[3] CA GA

LA NC NM TX WA

                        Aporinellus

(Genus has several characters that separate it. Conical processes at the angles of the propodeum, absent visible postnotum dorsally and a wing with only two submarginal cells.All are relatively small at 4-13mm. Unicellular nests, virtually all use jumping spiders for prey.)

 

completus Banks 1917 (Aporinellus)                

Female head shape less rounded than fasciatus, broader than high, female black with yellowish-brown mandibles that are red tipped, often extensively silvered; female 5-8mm.

AR[1] AZ CA

CO CT KS MN

NM NY NC SD TX VA

 

fasciatus Smith 1855 (Aporus)                          

Very common, female black, mandibles yellowish brown in the middle with deep ferruginous tips, very variable silvering overall, wings hyaline or lightly infuscated; female 4-13mm.

CA CO GA

MD MI MN NE

NJ NC NV UT VA WY

 

medianus Banks 1917 (Aporinellus)                   

NC TX

 

taeniatus taeniatus Kohl 1886 (Pompilus)     

Abdomen entirely black, legs black to all rufous,

and sometimes with rufous antennae bases, body often very silvery; females 4.5-8mm.

AZ CA CT FL GA KS LA

MN NC NJ NM NY OH SD

 

yucatanensis Cameron 1893 (Pompilus)         

AR[1] AZ CO FL GA ID KS

MT NJ OH OR TX UT WA WY

                        Aporus

(One species uses trap door spiders. Two submarginal cells on wing with only one recurrent vein to the second submarginal cell.)

 

niger Cresson 1867 (Planiceps)                              

Black with blue-green to bronzy purple reflections.

Frontal view vertex forming a nearly continuous curve with the orbits. Front tibia with about five spines. Males black with white pubescence. Females 9 - 13 mm.

AR[4] CT FL GA IL

KS MD MO NC OH TX VA

                        Arachnospila

 

(Another former subgenera of Pompilus now split. There are three species and one of these has two subspecies. The others are western and northern.)

 

arcta Cresson 1865 (Pompilus)                             

Black with upper posterior orbits with a pale streak. Forewings moderately infuscated. Scape is hairless in this species females. Ocelli in a small triangle. Females 7.5-14.5mm.

AR[2] DC OH NE WV

 

scelestus Cresson 1865 (Pompilus)                

Black with steel blue and purplish reflections and a pale spot in the upper posterior orbits. Dark pubescence, forewings fuscous. Very hairy overall. Inner orbits convergent above. 3, 4 or 5 comb spines on tarsus. Apical segment of front tarsus short and asymmetrical, the inner margin distinctly expanded. Apparently prefers Lycosids and Dolomedes. Female very variable in size 9 to 22mm average about 13.5 mm.

AZ CO CT GA IA IL IN

KS MI MN MO NC NM TX

 

                        Auplopus

(Several species drag prey forward over the ground. Frequently severs the legs of the spider capture. Some known to build mud nests. Nest started before prey obtained.)

 

adjuncta Banks 1911 (Pseudagenia)                           

Pygidial area polished; female thorax dull black; coxae fulvous. Male pronotum margined with white.

AR[1] AL FL GA LA NC SC TX

 

architectus architectus Say 1836 (Pompilus)           

Pygidial area polished; thorax iridescent; middle and hind tibia blackish. Males with 40% of the face white.

AR[2] CA CO CT MA

MT NC NM OR WA

 

caerulescens caerulescens Dahlbom 1843 (Agenia)   

Pygidial area polished; thorax iridescent. Not always distinguishable from nigrella in the females. Males with more than 60% of the face white.

AR[1] AZ

CA CO IO KS MD

MN NC NJ OH PA TX

 

mellipes mellipes Say 1836 (Pompilus)                     

Pygidial area mat. Middle and hind femora and tibia fulvous both sexes. Male seventh tergite with a conspicuous white spot.

AR[2] CT MD NC

 

 

mollis Townes 1957                                                       

Pygidial area polished. Female femora and tibiae entirely ferruginous. Dense head and thorax pubescence. Female thorax is dark with bluish or greenish iridescence. Males unknown to Townes.

AR[1] FL OK TX

 

 

nigrella Banks 1912 (Pseudagenia)                               

Pygidial area polished; thorax iridescent. Not always distinguishable from caerulescens in the females. Males with clypeus white on each side and black in the middle.

AR[2] NC TX

                        Caliadurgus

 

(Has some red in the abdomen and serrate hind tibia. Serrations teardrop shaped and scooped. Sometimes stashes spider with its own web. See here.)

 

fasciatellus 2nd (Spinola) (Day) 1979 (Sphex)         

AR[7] ME MA MI

MN NC OH TX

                       

                        Calopompilus

 

 

feroculis (Banks) 1911 (Pseudagenia)              

Forewings entirely black.

AR[1] OH TX VA

 

maculipennis Smith 1855 (Pompilus)             

Marked forewings with a well-defined orange spot on black wings distinctive.

AL AR[2] GA KS

MS MO NC TX

 

                       

                        Ceropales

 

(Most may be parasites of other Pompilid genera. Females follow other spider wasps carrying prey and either fight the female head on or deposit egg inside the booklung of the prey when the prey is stashed temporarily. Ceropales egg overcomes the egg of the first prey species. See Nick Fensler's key here.)

 

bipunctata bipunctata Say 1824 (Ceropales)         

AR[2] CT IL

KS MS NY

NC OH PA TX

 

 

brevicornis Patton 1879 (Ceropales)                   

IN IA KS LA MO PA

 

elegans quaintancei Viereck 1902 (Ceropales)

Dark brown wings. Rufous antenna.   

FL GA IL NE NC

 

femoralis Cresson 1869 (Ceropales)               

Hind femur rufous, frons punctate.

AR[1] GA KS LA TX

 

 

fulvipes Cresson 1872 (Ceropales)                  

IL TX

 

longipes Smith 1855 (Ceropales)                     

CT DC MN MO NC

 

 

maculata fraterna Smith 1855 (Ceropales)         

Parasitic mostly of Anoplius species.

AR[1] AZ CA CO

CT ID IL IN IO

KS ME MD MA MI MN MT

NH NJ NY NC ND OH OR PA

RI SC SD TN TX UT

VT VI WA WV WY

 

 

robinsonii robinsonii Cresson 1867 (Ceropales)          

AR[2] CT IL OH

                        Cryptocheilus

 

(Some of the European species are very strongly

marked with orange and/or red.)

 

attenuatum Banks 1933 (Cryptocheilus)               

Yellow-orange wings. Flagellum entirely orange.

AR[1] IA KS

LA MO OH TN TX

 

idoneum birkmanni Banks 1926 (Cryptocheilus)         

Wings also yellow, apex of the forewing blackish.

IA KS TX

 

terminatum subopacum (Cresson) 1828 (Pompilus)    

Wings entirely black.

AR[1] IL KS

OH PA TX VA

                        Dipogon

 

(One species used almost 100% Thomisidae in a study. Trap nesters with material made variously of mud, silk, plant material, insect parts, caterpillar frass. Nest started first then prey obtained.)

 

calipterus calipterus Say 1836 (Pompilus)         

Wing vein (cubital) extends to wing margin. Legs and scape rufuous. Thorax black.

DC IN NC PA WV

 

fulleri Krombein 1962 (Dipogon)                          

NC

 

papago anomalus Driesbach 1943 (Deuteragenia)   

Cubital vein not reaching wing margin. Forewings with no band but large spot.

AR[4] CT IA KS KY

MD MA MO NC

NY OH PA TX

 

pulchripennis Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)           

Cubital vein not reaching wing margin. Forewings with a band and a spot.

AR[1] MI NY

NC WV WI

 

sayi sayi Banks 1941 (Dipogon)                         

Very dark females. Wing vein (cubital) extends to wing margin. Forewings with two dark spots.

AR[3] KS MI NY

NC OH PA VA WI

                        Entypus

fulvicornis Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)             

All black wings essentially.

AL AR[16] CT

FL GA IL IN LA

MO NC OH TX

 

magnus Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                  

GA NJ NC SC TX

 

unifasciatus unifasciatus 2nd Say 1828 (Pompilus)         

Wings strongly marked with orange distally.

AR[4] CT GA

IL IN MO NC OH SC TX

                        Episyron

(Genus recognized by scales on the first abdominal tergite, propodeum and parts of the thorax. Several species take Orb Weavers. Most drag the prey backwards holding with the mandibles. Some are very common species.)

 

biguttatus biguttatus (Fabricius) 1798 (Pompilus)     

Three comb-spines in female, legs black, head and thorax with abundant black hair, body dull black, vague bluish or purplish, usually a pair of rounded spots on tergite 3, sometimes also 2 and 4, sand or gravel banks, uses Araneidae spiders, one of the commonest spider wasps; female 9-18mm.

AR[3] CT

FL IL MI MN

MT NC NM TX

 

conterminus posterus (Fox) 1855 (Pompilus)           

Three comb-spines in female, legs partly or wholly rufo-ferruginous, head and thorax with abundant pale hair, inner and outer orbits pale yellow, small spots on the bases of the front wings; males with tricolored mandibles; prefers sandy habitats and Araneidae spiders; female 6.5-13mm.

AL AZ CA GA FL

IL MS NM NC SC TX

 

quinquenotatus quinquenotatus (Say) 1835 (Pompilus)   

Four comb-spines in female, apical abdominal tergite with a white spot, 2 to 6 paired spots on the abdomen, sometimes united into bands on 2 to 4, head and thorax usually very silvery; uses 100% Araneidae species; makes oblique three inch burrows, stashing spider nearby during prep; female 6.5-13mm. Arkansas specimen in Cornell University museum and not ours.

AR[1] AL CO KS MN

MT NC TX UT VA WY

 

snowi Viereck 1906 (Anoplius)                                

Black with brownish or obscurely metallic color, antenna fairly short, ocelli form a flat triangle, body mostly hairless, head very thin; male wings with a whitish bloom; female 8-13mm.

AL AR[1] AZ CA FL GA ID IL

NM NJ NC SD UT TX WA

                        Evagetes

(Genus characteristically with very short antennae.

Most are black with the base of the antennae rufous. Several are very metallic bluish insects. They are social parasites of other Pompilini including Anoplius.)

 

hyacinthinus Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)               

Black with two pale spots on each orbit, deep blue purplish or blue green sheen, sometimes silvery over clypeus and frontal region; 6.5-14mm females.

AZ FL LA MN

NC NM OH TX UT WI

 

ingenuus Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                       

Black, blue-violet, purplish, never silvery pubescent, wings very dark; 10.5-18mm females.

AZ CA CO GA IL IA

KS MN NC ND OH SD

 

padrinus minisculus (Banks) 1910 (Psammochares)   

Black with silvery pubescence over head, thorax and propodeum; 4.5-9mm females.

AL AR[1] LA GA

NH MI MN TX SD

 

parvus Cresson 1865 (Pompilus)                           

Black, bluish, sometimes slightly silvery in front,

wings much less darkened than in ingenuus; 5-11.5mm females

AR[3] AZ CA IL MO MN

NM NC GA TX

 

subangulatus Banks 1919 (Sophropompilus)    

Black, usually much less metallic than the above species, never silvery; 7.5-13mm females

AZ CA CO MI MN

NC NJ NM OH SD

                        Minagenia

 

(M. osoria uses Lycosids and temporary paralysis. Spider roams free with egg implanted. Distinctive submarginal cells with 2nd and third very similar. Bifid claws. Ridged subgenital plate in several females. )

 

julia Brimley 1934 (Ageniella)                                

Front and middle femora rufous. Abdomen rufous. Forewing 4.8-6.3mm.

FL LA NC SC TX

 

montisdorsa Dreisbach 1953 (Minagenia)           

Forewing moderately infuscate. Abdomen mostly black. Bristles on female subgenital plate scattered. Forewing 6.7mm.

AR[1] GA LA OH TX

 

osoria Banks 1944 (Nannochilus)                          

Female unknown. Male 5.5-6.2mm.

DC GA NC TX VA

                        Paracyphononyx

 

(Our one species is black with a long malar space,

males have serrate antennae)

 

funereus Lepeletier 1845 (Anoplius)                   

Females 11-20mm

AR[2] CO

CT FL LA MA

NC NY OH SD

TX UT WV

                        Pepsis

(Most carry prey backwards with mandibles. Apparently only prey strictly on tarantula species.)

 

angustimarginata Viereck 1908 (Pepsis)        

AR[2] UT

 

chrysothemis Lucas 1895                            

AZ NM CA TX

 

menechma Lepeletier 1845 (Pepsis)            

Dark wings, orange antenna

AR[2] MO NC

 

grossa (Fabricius) 1798 (Pompilus)              

Dark antenna, sometimes orange-tipped in the males and also the males with only 12 antennal segments; bright orange to yellow wings in our area, dark wings in the SW.

AR[2] NM AZ

 

marginata Palisot De Beauvois 1809 (Pepsis)      

AR[2]

 

mildei Stål 1857 (Pepsis)                          

Orange antenna

AR[3] TX

 

thisbe Lucas 1895                                   

AZ NM TX

                        Phanagenia

 

(Female builds mud nests. Lycosid prey common. Often removes legs of larger prey. Carries by spinnerets or palps.)

 

bombycina 2nd (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)         

AR[3] EXT eastern into NE NM TX

 

                        Poecilopompilus

 

(Usually marked with other than black, interruptus very ornate in the south. P. interruptus, at least, drags prey backwards.)

 

algidus algidus (Smith) 1855 (Pompilus)               

Ferruginous to mahogany to black colored, third tergite with two semi-circles or a complete band of orange, no yellow on abdomen, head blacks and browns, antennae brownish for first three segments and then black, wings wholly dark; used 100% Argiopidae in one study; females large at 17-28mm. Mine was 22mm.

AL AR[2] CT FL GA IL LA

MA MI MN MD NJ

NC ND SD TX VA WV

 

interruptus interruptus (Say) 1835 (Ceropales)   

Impressively ornate females, marked like large Yellow jackets with red, yellow and black on the abdomen. Eyes converge dorsally; Females 11-18mm

AL AR[6] CA LA FL IL IO

NC OH MI TX VA WY

                        Priocnemis

 

(Serrate posterior tibia. Multicellular nests built before hunting. Wings reduced in some females.)

 

cornica Say 1836 (Pompilus)                              

Used mostly Lycosidae, but several spider families

(up to 15!) are used by members of this genus. Apical half of forewing infuscate. Frons dull, not shiny.

AR[7] EXT eastern and SW

 

germana Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                    

Tibial teeth chevron shaped. Forewings 6-10mm. Conspicuous pale subapical spot on the forewing.

AR[1] CT IA MO OH

NE NC OH SC VA

 

minorata Banks 1912 (Priocnemis)                   

Used about 50% Amaurobiidae in one study. Strong hind tibial teeth on female. Abdomen black. Females 7-12mm. Specimen from literature for AR.

AR[1] CO GA

IN IO KS KT ME

MD MA MI MN MO

NH NJ NY NC OH OR

PA TN TX VT VI WI

 

minuscula Banks 1917 (Ageniella)                   

Wings reduced.

IL NE NC OH SC TX

 

nigripes Cresson 1865 (Pompilus)                    

Abdomen red with black apex.

AL AR[1] KS

MO NE NC TN

 

notha notha (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)       

Abdomen red with black apex. Shiny frons.

GA IA IN

KS NY PA VA

 

scitula scitula (Cresson) 1867 (Pompilus)    

Somewhat shiny frons. Legs and body partly fulvous. Conspicuous pale subapical spot on the forewing.

AL IL IA MN

NY NJ VA WV

                        Priocnessus

(Several species carry prey forward over the ground.)

 

dakota Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                   

Body black. Flagellum orange.

GA KS NC PA VA

 

nebulosus Dahlbom 1843 (Priocnemis)         

Body black. Flagellum black.

AR[1] FL IA KS

LA MI NC OH SC

 

nuperus Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                  

Head and body rufous or mostly rufous.

AR[1] CT GA NC OH TX

                        Psorthaspis

(One species chews into trap door spider homes.)

 

brimleyi Malloch 1928 (Pedinaspis)                 

Black with double orange spot on second tergite.

Colors lustrous with purplish reflections. Wings deeply infuscated. Females 19mm.

AR[4] NC TX

 

legatus Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                     

Orange reddish over the head and thorax. Abdomen black with forward segments orange. Two cream-white bands on posterior segments. Some silvered pubescence on the terminus. Wings banded with double dark markings. Females small, NC specimen approx. 10mm.

AL AR[4] GA IL

MD NC TN TX VA

 

luctuosa Banks 1910                                        

Orange reddish over the head and thorax.

Abdomen mostly black with two cream white bands. Wings double banded with dark. Female I have seen was less than 10mm. Edward's was 9mm.

AR[2] TX

 

mariae Cresson 1867 (Pompilus)                     

Orange reddish over the head and thorax. Head not as orange as luctuosa. Second and third abdominal segments bright orange. Some silvery pubescence on the terminal two segments giving it a white or silvered look terminally. Males apparently extremely hairy with no bright coloration. Wings double banded with dark. Female from AR 15mm.

AR[3] DC FL IL MD

NJ NC PA TN VA

 

sanguinea Smith 1855 (Ferreola)                   

Principally orange (with some cinnamon and rufus) over underside of scape, upper thorax, abdominal segments 1 to 3 and sometimes the hind femora. Head, legs, antenna, and last three abdominal segments black. Last two abdominal segments with some ashy gray. Wings diffusely fuscous. Females 15-18mm.

AR[2] FL GA

KS NC NJ PA TX

                        Sericopompilus

(S. apicalis used mostly Salticidae in one study. Both of our species with wholly darkened wings. Red on abdomen as noted.)

 

apicalis Say 1835 (Ceropales)                             

Black with abdomen having first two tergites rufo-ferruginous and the rest black. Neck marked with pale yellow. Hindwing with transverse median vein meeting well beyond the origin of the cubitus. Females 11-16mm.

AL AR[3] CT

FL IL KS MD MI

MN NC NE NJ

NY OH TX WV

 

neotropicalis Male Cameron 1893 (Pompilus)   

Black with wholly ferruginous abdomen, hind legs usually ferruginous as well but variable. May be some red in all legs. Two white spots on either side of neck. Hindwing with transverse median vein meeting well beyond the origin of the cubitus. Females 10.5-17mm.

AL AR[2] AZ CA

GA IL LA NC TX

                        Tachypompilus

(One other species of Tachypompilus used purely Heteropodidae. See here. )

 

ferrugineus ferrugineus (Say) 1824 (Ceropales)    

AR[6] CO FL

IL IN KS MD MN

NC NJ OH PA TX UT WV