Spider Wasp   (three photos)
Poecilopompilus interruptus


Poecilopompilus interruptus
I took many shots of this wasp and not one time did it pause after I yelled "cheese!". It was
on the move constantly on a sunflower on Antelope Island.  The next photo give a good view
of the beautifully striped abdomen.  © Carol Davis 7-17-2014


spider wasp
When I first saw it I thought it was a paper wasp but I noticed the antennae were completely
different, as well as being very long, and the wings had a smoky appearance.  Upon closer
examination I knew I had another new species for me and it wasn't until I submitted it to
 Bugguide for identification that I learned it was a spider wasp.  © Carol Davis 7-1
7-2014

brown, yellow and black spider wasp
It's truly amazing how many different combinations of colors decorate wasps in Utah; just
remember not to judge a wasp by its colors - not everything with yellow on it is a yellowjacket
or paper wasp.  There is a short excerpt on this wasp here on JSTOR
.  © Carol Davis 7-17-2014

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