These wasps invade bee nests, where the larvae feed on the pollen and nectar supplies of the host insect. Sapygid wasps are usually black, with white or yellow markings. The adults obtain nectar from flowers, but they don't gather any pollen or nectar for their larvae, unlike bees. They are not common.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:86
Specimens with Barcodes:81
Species With Barcodes:7
The Sapygidae are a family of solitary aculeate wasps. There does not seem to be a common English name, but club-horned wasps (translating the German name Keulhornwespen - in reference to the distinctive thickening of the antennae) seems as good a name as any, though various other groups of wasps also have clubbed or thickened antennae. They are generally black wasps, similar in appearance to some Tiphiidae, with white or yellow markings developed to various degrees.
The Sapygidae are a small family with only about 80 species described, and they are not of major economic importance. However, some of their host species are important pollinators, and it may sometimes be necessary to control the level of predation on them. (Peterson et al., 1992).
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- Peterson, S.S., C.R. Baird, R. M. Bitner Parma and C. Idaho (1992). Current Status of the Alfalfa Leafcutting Bee, Megachile rotundata, as a Pollinator of Alfalfa Seed. Bee Science 2:135-142. http://www.pollination.com/publications/IPSpub02.cfm
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