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Cerceris quadrifasciata
Cerceris quadrifasciata

Cerceris quadrifasciata
Cerceris quadrifasciata belong to the genus Cerceris, in the order Hymenoptera, the suborder Apocrita, the superfamily Apoidea, the family Crabronids (Crabronidae) (originally part of the family Sphecidae), the subfamily Philanthinae, and the tribe Cercerini. Scientific synonyms for Cerceris quadrifasciata are: Philanthus quadrifasciatus, Philanthus tricinctus, Cerceris truncatula, Cerceris bidentata, Cerceris dufourii, Cerceris nitida, Cerceris fargei, Cerceris spreta and Cerceris euphorbiae.
Cerceris quadrifasciata - Side view
Cerceris quadrifasciata - Side view
After mating, fertilized Cerceris quadrifasciata females dig tunnels in the ground for oviposition. They then capture insects on which they lay their eggs. The hatched larvae feed immediately on the live and stunned insects which are brought in constantly by the females.
Cerceris quadrifasciata - Top view
Cerceris quadrifasciata - Top view
Notably, the femalesí clypei (the broad plate at the front of an insect's head) have smaller or larger bulges, which have a simple conical shape, or may even look like little horns. The mouthparts (mandibles) of the females are elongated and have a tooth-like appendage, to capture prey and facilitate their transport to the nest. Different species of the genus Cerceris can be recognised by the shape of their mouthparts. The abdominal segments are strongly constricted at the nodes so that the abdomen appears to have a strongly undulating surface.
Cerceris quadrifasciata climbing on a leaf
Cerceris quadrifasciata climbing on a leaf
Wasp - Cerceris quadrifasciata
Wasp - Cerceris quadrifasciata
Cerceris quadrifasciata
Cerceris quadrifasciata
Cerceris quadrifasciata
Cerceris quadrifasciata

Cerceris quadrifasciata
AuthorPanzer, 1799

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1. Cerceris quadrifasciata
2. Cerceris quadrifasciata - Side view
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