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Species detail

Sapygidae (Parasitic wasps)

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Taxonomy

Sapygidae is a small family of wasps that parasitizes Megachilidae bees. The Sapygid wasps are relatively rare, and not well studied (Kurzenko (1996). There are 18 species recorded in North America, North of Mexico (Kurzenko, 1996).

Description

These are yellow and black wasps of small-medium size, similar superficially to some of the Eumenid wasps we get. However they have smoother exoskeletons and flatter abdomens then Eumenids.

Nest Structure

In Bee Atlas blocks these wasps parasitize Osmia tersula and Osmia pumila.

Hole Sizes

No information at this time.

Voltinism

No information at this time.

Activity Period

No information at this time.

References

Kurzenko, N.V. (1996). A new Nearctic genus of Sapygidae with a key to the Nearctic and Palearctic genera (Hymenoptera, Sapygidae). In Norden, B. B. and Menke, A. S. (Eds.) Contributions on Hymenoptera and associated insects : dedicated to Karl V. Krombein (Vol: 17) Pages:89-94

Minnesota Record Map

These data are from the Minnesota Bee Atlas project.

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