Additional observations on the nesting behavior of Miscophus (Nitelopterus) californicus (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae)

  • Frank E. Kurczewski
  • Alice J. Abela
  • Darrell Ubick
Keywords: Nest Entry, nest closure, prey transport, host spider leg amputation, Dictynidae, Lycosidae, Salticidae


Close-up photographs of nest entry, nest closure and prey transport taken on sandy coastal back dunes in Santa Barbara County, CA by Alice J. Abela substantiate and enhance written descriptions of these nesting behavior components in Miscophus californicus (Ashmead) [=M. laticeps (Ashmead)] (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae). Dictynidae (Dictyna Sundevall or Emblyna Chamberlin) is introduced as a new host family and host spider leg amputation is revealed for the first time for this small miscophine wasp.