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superfamily Apoidea in the order Hymenoptera

Isodontia elegans - Grass-carrying Wasp
Isodontia elegans - Grass-carrying Wasp

Nature and Macro Bugtographytm, By Phil

Last Updated: August 11, 2013


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PURPOSE:
This image gallery has been created to assist visitors in the identification of wasps.  For the most part, I can tell the difference between a wasp and a bee.  Bees are usually somewhat chubbier and hairy, while wasps are usually slender, with a constricted abdomen.  Of course, as with bees, there are also wasp mimics, most notably syrphid flies, robber flies and one of several other insects.  Also, as with bees, the easiest way to determine if your wasp is really a wasp and not a fly is to count the wings.  All wasps have 4 wings.  All flies have 2 wings.  Also, fly antenna are miniscule compared to the antenna of bees and wasps.


PHOTOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS AND DATES:
Currently, the wasp identification on this page is specific to all wasps that show up in and around my yard.  These wasps, however, are also found in many other parts of the country; some, like the European Paper Wasp, are found throughout much of North America.

Unless otherwise noted, all images were taken in Northern Douglas County, Oregon.

The date each photograph was taken appears under each thumbnail image.  The sex of each specimen, if known, is also indicated under each thumbnail.

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There's Wasps in My Yard

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genus Astata
Stink Bug Wasp

genus Astata - Stink Bug Wasp - female
female
08/21/08

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Didineis nodosa
Hopper Wasp

Didineis nodosa - Hopper Wasp - female
female
08/02/08

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genus Ectemnius

genus Ectemnius - female?
female?
07/29/08
genus Lestica - female?
female?
09/27/09

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genus Trypoxylon

genus Trypoxylon - female
females, arguing over a chamber
08/02/09
genus Trypoxylon - female
female
07/10/09
genus Trypoxylon - female
female
09/02/09

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Genus Pemphredon

Genus Pemphredon
09/07/09

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Philanthus crabroniformis

Philanthus crabroniformis
06/22/09

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genus Cerceris
Weevil Wasp

genus Cerceris - Weevil Wasp
male
05/26/09

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Chalybion californicum
Blue Mud-dauber

Chalybion californicum - Blue Mud-dauber
07/24/08

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Isodontia elegans
Grass-carrying Wasp

Isodontia elegans - Grass-carrying Wasp - female?
female?
08/20/09

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genus Podalonia
Cutworm Wasp

genus Podalonia - Cutworm Wasp - female
female
08/20/08
genus Podalonia - Cutworm Wasp - female
female, as dinner for Goldenrod Crab Spider - Misumena vatia
06/24/08

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Sceliphron caementarium
Black-and-yellow Mud-dauber

Sceliphron caementarium - Black-and-yellow Mud-dauber - female
female
08/11/08
Sceliphron caementarium - Black-and-yellow Mud-dauber - female
female
08/10/08

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Sphex lucae

Sphex lucae - female
female
07/15/08

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tribe Chrysidini

tribe Chrysidini
06/18/09
tribe Chrysidini
07/07/09
tribe Chrysidini
07/02/09
tribe Chrysidini
06/21/09

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genus Chrysis

genus Chrysis
07/02/09

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Chrysis nitidula-complex

Chrysis nitidula-complex
06/25/09

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genus Chrysura

genus Chrysura
06/08/10

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tribe Elampini

tribe Elampini
04/20/09

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subgenus Myrmentoma
Carpenter Ant

subgenus Myrmentoma - ant
male
08/03/09

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Camponotus vicinus
Western Carpenter Ant

Camponotus vicinus - Western Carpenter Ant - queen
queen
04/19/09
Camponotus vicinus - Western Carpenter Ant - medium worker
medium worker
08/06/09
Camponotus vicinus - Western Carpenter Ant - male
male
08/22/10

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fusca ant group

fusca group - female
female
09/09/09
Camponotus vicinus - fusca group - worker
worker - tug-of-war on a syrphid fly with a Misumenops crab spider
06/22/09

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genus Myrmosa
Myrmosid Wasp

genus Myrmosa - mating pair
mating pair - large winged male, small wingless female
07/02/09

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Ageniella coronata

Ageniella coronata
08/25/09

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subspecies Aporus luxus assimilis

subspecies Aporus luxus assimilis
09/04/09

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Calopompilus pyrrhomelas
Foldingdoor Spider Wasp

Calopompilus pyrrhomelas - Foldingdoor Spider Wasp
08/01/09

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genus Dipogon

genus Dipogon
with Xysticus emertoni dinner
09/26/10

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Priocnemis notha occidentis

Priocnemis notha occidentis
09/09/09

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Priocnemis oregona

Priocnemis oregona
04/04/09
Priocnemis oregona
03/15/10
Priocnemis oregona
03/15/10

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genus Auplopus

genus Auplopus
09/06/08
genus Auplopus
08/27/08
genus Auplopus
08/21/08

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Auplopus architectus metallica
Metallic Blue Spider Wasp

Auplopus architectus metallica - Metallic Blue Spider Wasp
07/15/08

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family Sapygidae
Sapygid Wasp

family Sapygidae - Sapygid Wasp
06/17/09

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subfamily Eumeninae
Mason Wasp, Potter Wasp

subfamily Eumeninae - Mason Wasp, Potter Wasp
08/08/09

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Ancistrocerus antilope

Ancistrocerus antilope
09/03/08

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Ancistrocerus tuberculocephalus

Ancistrocerus tuberculocephalus - potter wasp
07/06/10
Ancistrocerus tuberculocephalus - potter wasp
07/06/10

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Euodynerus aequalis or scutellaris

Euodynerus aequalis or scutellaris
07/29/10

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Euodynerus foraminatus-group

Euodynerus foraminatus-group
07/10/10
Euodynerus foraminatus-group
07/10/10

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Eumenes crucifera

Eumenes crucifera
female, depositing an egg in its mud nest
08/09/09
Eumenes crucifera
female
06/24/09

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Mischocyttarus flavitarsis

Mischocyttarus flavitarsis
foundress queen, left, with 3 worker females
07/24/09
Mischocyttarus flavitarsis
worker female
09/09/09
Mischocyttarus flavitarsis
male, larger w/blue eyes and curly antenna tips
09/07/09

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Polistes aurifer

Polistes aurifer - female
female
07/26/10
Polistes aurifer - male
male
09/27/08

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Polistes dominula
European Paper Wasp

Polistes dominula - European Paper Wasp - female
female
04/10/09
Polistes dominula - European Paper Wasp - male
male
09/27/09
Polistes dominula - European Paper Wasp - nest
nest
08/29/09

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Dolichovespula maculata
Baldfaced Hornet

Dolichovespula maculata - Baldfaced Hornet - queen
queen
04/10/09
Dolichovespula maculata - Baldfaced Hornet - worker
worker
10/01/09

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Vespula pennsylvanica
Western Yellowjacket

Vespula pennsylvanica - Western Yellowjacket - queen
queen
05/08/09
Vespula pennsylvanica - Western Yellowjacket - worker
worker
09/15/09
Vespula pennsylvanica - Western Yellowjacket - nest
nest
09/07/09

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Vespula vulgaris
Common Yellowjacket

Vespula vulgaris - Common Yellowjacket - worker
worker
09/20/08

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genus Eulophus

genus Eulophus - larva emerging from host Unicorn caterpillar
larva emerging from host Unicorn caterpillar
07/24/09
genus Eulophus - larva pupating
larva pupating
07/27/09
genus Eulophus - freshly emerged female (left), male (right)
freshly emerged female (left), male (right)
08/05/09

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family Eurytomidae

family Eurytomidae
08/27/08

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Leucospis affinis

Leucospis affinis - female
female - note the ovipositor curling up from the tail over the back
08/02/09

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Andricus quercuscalifornicus
California Gall Wasp

Andricus quercuscalifornicus - California Gall Wasp
Gall (We call these Oak Apples.)
06/24/11
Andricus quercuscalifornicus - California Gall Wasp
five adult wasps emerged
06/24/11

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Neuroterus saltatorius
gall of California Jumping Gall Wasp

Neuroterus saltatorius - gall of California Jumping Gall Wasp
08/27/09

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subfamily Alysiinae

subfamily Alysiinae
08/06/09

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mummified aphid
parasitized by an Aphidiinae Wasp

mummified aphid - parasitized by an Aphidiinae wasp
10/01/09

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genus Atanycolus

genus Atanycolus
09/23/08

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genus Gasteruption

genus Gasteruption - female
female
07/10/08
genus Gasteruption - male
male
06/28/08

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subfamily Pimplinae

subfamily Pimplinae
08/06/09

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tribe Ephialtini

tribe Ephialtini
07/23/10

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Theronia atalantae fulvescens
subspecies

Theronia atalantae fulvescens - subspecies - female
subspecies - female
09/01/10
Theronia atalantae fulvescens - subspecies - male
subspecies - male
08/31/10

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subfamily Anomaloninae

subfamily Anomaloninae - female
female
07/10/09
subfamily Anomaloninae - male
male
07/16/08

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subfamily Cryptinae

subfamily Cryptinae - female
female
09/17/08
subfamily Cryptinae - female
female
06/03/09

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subfamily Ichneumoninae

subfamily Ichneumoninae - female
female
06/14/09
subfamily Ichneumoninae - female
female
08/05/09
subfamily Ichneumoninae
female
08/31/10
subfamily Ichneumoninae
male
08/31/10

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tribe Alomyini

tribe Alomyini
07/31/09

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genus Coelichneumon

genus Coelichneumon
09/27/10
genus Coelichneumon
09/27/10

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tribe Ichneumonini

 - female
female
06/17/11
tribe Ichneumonini - female
female
05/25/09

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Cratichneumon sublatus

Cratichneumon sublatus
06/11/10

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Grotea californica

Grotea californica - female
female
05/29/09
Grotea californica - female
female
06/14/10
Grotea californica - male
male
06/24/11
Grotea californica - male
male
06/03/09

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subfamily Mesochorinae

subfamily Mesochorinae - female
female
08/11/10

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subfamily Ophioninae

subfamily Ophioninae - female
female
09/22/09
subfamily Ophioninae - male
male
10/15/09

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genus Ophion
Short-tailed Ichneumon

subfamily Ophioninae - male
male
10/01/08

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genus Telenomus

genus Telenomus - female
female - freshly hatched from stink bug eggs
07/03/10

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