Common Name: Spider Wasps
Description: The pompilids are solitary, ground-nesting wasps. Most species are medium to large in size and dark blue or black in color (sometimes with patches of red or orange on the abdomen). Females have a potent sting. They capture and paralyze spiders, using them as food for their larvae. Spider wasps can be recognized by their relatively long legs and by a transverse suture that bisects the mesopleuron (the sclerite immediately above the middle leg).