FAMILY CRABRONIDAE (Square-headed Wasps)

Hymenoptera-Crabronidae-Crabro peltista-Square headed Wasps MALE (F)

Crabro peltista

Blue Heaven Road, Patagonia
Santa Cruz County, Arizona
Coordinates: 31.536606, -110.763676
Elevation: 4,023 ft
August 7, 2023
Size: 8 mm
Found by sweeping vegetation
“Male’s front tibiae greatly expanded (except in C. hilaris species group) to cover the female’s eyes during mating. The plates don’t blind her, but apparently filter light in such a way that she recognizes this is a male of her own species.” — Eric Eaton
Determined by Salvador Vitanza
Confirmed by Matthias Buck

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