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Spider wasp (female)

Episyron sp.


Small to medium-sized, all-black wasp typical of many pompilids. Extra-long tarsal spines on front "feet" help identify the genus.


This female was excavating a burrow in sandy soil near the top of a ridge, elevation ~3,000 ft. Wind-stunted trees and shrubs typical of chaparral habitat.


Many species of Episyron also have white markings.

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Calimesa, California, USA

Spotted on May 21, 2011
Submitted on Jan 13, 2013

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