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Cutworm-hunting wasps

Podalonia sp.

Description:

Very similar to Ammophila, and often confused with that genus. Females of some species are entirely black, males almost always bi-colored black and red.

Habitat:

This pair was visiting flowers in an open area adjacent to a campground in a mixed pine-oak woodland in North Cheyenne Canon Park.

Notes:

Male is on top of female in this image, gripping her only with his jaws.

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BugEric
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BugEric

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Dec 21, 2012

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