Wasps are by far my favorite insect, and consist of any of numerous social or solitary hymenopterous insects of the Vespidae, Sphecidae, and allied families, generally having a long, slender body and narrow waist and, in the female, a stinger. As a rule of thumb, all wasps can be closely approached with the exception of social wasps at their nest and hornets. Wasps are my primary subject in macro photography, and I am always keeping an eye to the ground looking for new or interesting wasps. When it comes to photographing wasps, I am more concerned with cataloging and identifying the species then I am with composing an artistic shot. I hope that my photographs can help interest others in these fascinating and beneficial creatuers. I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. James Wiley at the Florida Museum of Entomology for helping me tentatively identify the wasps on this page.

Ichneumons and Braconids

In a letter to American botanist Asa Gray, Darwin wrote: "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice."

Labena grallator Trogomorphatrogi formis Alabagrus stigma Agonocryptus discoidaloides Pimpla marginella Cremastinae Macrocentrus Trogus lapidator Male Anomalon Wasp Neotheronia bicincta floridana Alabagrus texanus Enicospilus Unidentified Braconid Wasp Red Braconid Wasp Cardiochiles Braconid Wasp Agathidinae Braconid Wasp

Scoliid and Mutillid Wasps

Scoliid Wasp Face Campsomeris dorsata Scolia bicincta Campsomeris plumipes fossulana Male Scolia nobilitata nobilitata Fabricius Campsomeris plumipes fossulan Female Mutillid Wasp, Dasymutilla sp. Dasymutilla sp. Eastern Velvet Ant, Cow Killer, Dasymutilla occidentalis Pseudomethoca sanbornii Male Mutillid Wasp Male Mutillid Wasp Male Mutillid Wasp

Social Wasps

Southern Yellow Jacket Paper Wasp, Polistes major Beauvois. Paper Wasp, Mischocyttarus mexicanus cubicola Richards Red Paper Wasp Polistes annularis

Mason and Potter Wasps

Mason Wasps, Pachodynerus nasidens Mason Wasps, Euodynerus hidalgo Parancistrocerus fulvipes rufovestis Zethus slossonae Fox Eumenes fraternus Mason Wasp, Stenodynerus fundatiformis Euodynerus megaera - Mason Wasp Monobia quadridens Monobia quadridens with Sand Ball Pseudodynerus quadrisectus Potter Wasp with Mud BallDelta rendalli (Bingham) Delta sp. Potter Wasp, Delta rendalli

Sphecid Wasps - Crabronid Bembicini Larrini Cerceris Philanthus Sphecidae

Tachysphex Chlorion aerarium Sphex ichnumoneus Crabronini sp. Eastern Cicada Killer Wasp Male Larra Bicolor, Miramar, Fl. Wasp with Cricket Wasp with Paralyzed Grasshopper, Miramar Florida Bembicini sp. Bembicini sp. Bembicini sp. Bembicini sp. Bee Wolf, Philanthus ventilabris Fabricius Bee Wolf, Philanthus Pipe Organ Dauber Wasp Trypoxylon Crabronini sp., Big Cypress National Preserve, Fl. Crabronini sp. Astata Wasp Melbourne Florida. Tachytes sp. Prionyx sp. Ammmophilia sp. with Prey Ammmophilia sp. Sphex jamaicensis Sphex jamaicensis Chalybion Wasp Blue Mud Dauber Melbourne Florida Unknown Wasp Unknown Wasp Isodontia sp. Isodontia sp. Cerceris sp. Cerceris sp. Cerceris Wasp Ammophilia sp. Blue Mud Dauber Chalybion californicum Black and Yellow Mud Dauber Bicyrtes

Tiphiid and Pompilid Wasps

Female Tiphiid Wasp Female Tiphiid Wasp Myzinum carolinianum Paracyphononyx funereus Five Banded Tiphiid Wasp, Myzinum quinquecintum Brachycistis Small Spider Wasp Entypus fulvicornis (Cresson) Wasp with Spider Poecilopompilus with paralyzed Golden Orb Weaver Anoplius americanus Aporinellus taeniolatus Cryptocheilus idoneum

Chalcid Wasps

Chalcid Wasp, Chalcidoidea. Leucopsis afffinis floridana - Chalcid Wasp Chalcid Wasp, Chalcidoidea. Chalcid Wasp, Conura Pteromalid Conura (Conura) lasnierii Megastigmus

Other Families

Scelio floridanus Chrysis angolensis Cuckoo Wasp Headychrum Cuckoo Wasp Chrysis inaequidens Caenochrysis tridens Ensign Wasp Ensign Wasp


Sawfly eating an Aphid. North Florida