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Hemipepsis tamisieri Guérin

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera; Superfamily: Vespoidea; Family: Pompilidae; Genus; Hemipepsis)

Hemipepsis tamisieri Guérin, 1848.

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Distribution

Angola, Ethiopia, Gold Coast, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Biology

Females specialise on hunting Baboon spiders (Theraphosidae) and Rain spiders (Palystes) to provision their nest with as a paralysed food resource for development of their larvae.

Reference

Picker, M., Griffiths, C & Weaving, A. 2002. Field Guide to Insects of South Africa. Struik Publishers, Cape Town.

Credits

Photographs © Duncan Butchart or © Alan Weaving (University of Cape Town) (published in Struik's Field Guide to Insects of South Africa).


Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

 

Citation: van Noort, S. 2018. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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