Common Name: Tiphiid Wasps
Description: Members of the Tiphiidae are solitary hunting wasps. The larvae are parasitoids of beetle larvae (mostly scarab beetles). Adults are typically black in color with yellow banding on the thorax and abdomen. Two posteriorly-pointing lobes on the mesosternum (between the middle coxae) are distinctive in this family. Males (always winged) have an upcurved hook at the tip of the abdomen.