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Spider wasp- Pompilus cinereus - male
Spider wasp- Pompilus cinereus - male


Spider wasps
Spider wasps (Pompilidae) is a family in the order Hymenoptera, the suborder Apocrita and the superfamily Vespoidea. This family comprises approximately 4000 species which are widespread throughout the world and around100 of these are found in Central Europe.
Spider wasps all have the same type of body, which makes identification of individual species difficult. They are always long, lean and leggy. The abdomen is egg shaped, widening at the rear. Spider wasps are completely black or black with a red base colour on the abdomen. Spider wasps have a poisonous sting. The sting of spider wasps can be painful, but is usually harmless for humans.
They build nests in the ground for their eggs and the developing offspring. Therefore often serve them cavities in the soil. Inside the nests they erect breeding cells for their larvae. The hatched larvae feed on spiders captured by the female spider wasps. Some species build nests in human dwellings. Others are parasitoids, living in other spider wasps nests. In the latter case, the female lays its eggs inside a dead spider, which just gets carried into the nest of another female spider wasp. This may be on the itinerary, or even the foreign nest.

Genera317
Species4.874
Common namesPompilid wasps, Spider wasp, Spider wasps, Spider hunting wasps
German namesWegwespen
Dutch namesSpinnendoders
Danish namesVejhvepse
Finnish namesTiepistiäiset
Swedish namesVägsteklar
AuthorLatreille, 1805
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Continents:

Eurasia
America
Africa
Oceania
Antarctica


Ecozones:

Palaearctic
Nearctic


Fossils:

Cenozoic
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World Oceans:

Pacific Ocean


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Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, USA, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Links and ReferencesPompilidae in bie.ala.org.au
Pompilidae in faunaeur.org
Pompilidae in itis.gov
Pompilidae in dyntaxa.se
Pompilidae in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Spider wasps"
- Black-banded spider wasp
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1. Spider wasp- Pompilus cinereus - male
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderHymenoptera
Wasps, Bees, Ants, Sawflies, Ants and wasps
SuborderApocrita
True wasps, Bees, Ants, Narrow-waisted hymenopterans, Parasitic wasps, Wasps
InfraorderAculeata
Stinging wasps
SuperfamilyVespoidea
Vespoid wasps, Yellowjackets, Hornets, Paper Wasps, Potter Wasps, Mason Wasps, Pollen Wasps, Velvet ants, Spider wasps, Social wasps, Mud wasps
FamilyPompilidae
Pompilid wasps, Spider wasp, Spider wasps, Spider hunting wasps
AuthorLatreille, 1805
 
Synonyms
Psammocharidae (Yasumatsu, 1935)
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ABCDEFGHIJKLM
NOPQRSTUVWXYZ
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