sand-loving wasp

(Tachytes distinctus)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

sand-loving wasp (Tachytes distinctus)

NatureServe

not listed

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common and widespread

Flight/Season

July through September

Habitat

 

Size

5 16to ¾

         
         
         
         
          Photo by Bill Reynolds

Identification

This is a common, large, solitary, sand-loving wasp.

 
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Larval Food

Paralyzed grasshoppers and katydids, especially short-horned grasshoppers

 
Adult Food

Flower nectar

 
Life Cycle

 

 
Behavior

It nests in the ground


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Sources: 24, 27, 29, 30.


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No Common Name
Though common, this species has no common name. The common name of the genus Tachytes is sand-loving wasps, and is applied here for the sake of convenience.

Taxonomy
This species was formerly placed in the family Sphecidae. Most of the wasps in that family are now in the new family Crabronidae, the former family now restricted to what was formerly the subfamily Sphecinae. The family Crabronidae currently contains six subfamilies, more than 200 genera, and over 9,000 species. Eventually, all of the subspecies will probably be raised to family status.


Taxonomy

Order:

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)

 

Suborder:

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)

 

No Rank:

Aculeata

 

Superfamily:

Apoidea (apoid wasps, bees, sphecoid wasps)

 

Family:

Crabronidae

 

Subfamily:

Crabroninae (sand-loving wasps)

 

Tribe:

Larrini

 

Subtribe

Gastrosericina

 
Subordinate Taxa

Tachytes distinctus bimini

Tachytes distinctus distinctus

 
Synonyms

Larra fulvipes

Larrada fulvipes

Tachytes austrinus

Tachytes contractus

Tachytes elongatus

Tachytes fulvipes

Tachytes yucatanensis

 
Common
Names

no common name


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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By observing the behavior of this wasp and the size of it's eyes, I am assuming the wasp is a male. He has taken over a freshly disturb patch of soil and was actively chasing every flying insect out of his territory. He won't let me get very closer, so I had to shoot from a distance.

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Bill Reynolds
8/12/2017

Location: Pennington Co. MN

By observing the behavior of this wasp and the size of it's eyes, I am assuming the wasp is a male. He has taken over a freshly disturb patch of soil and was actively chasing every flying insect out of his territory. He won't let me get very closer, so I had to shoot from a distance.

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