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Bembix oculata
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Crabronidae
Subfamily: Bembicinae
Tribe: Bembicini
Subtribe: Bembicina
Genus: Bembix
Fabricius, 1775
Type species
Bembix rostrata
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Bembix rostrata
Bembix tarsata
over 350 more species; see text

Bembix is a large cosmopolitan genus of large, often brightly colored predatory sand wasps, consisting of about 380 species.

Sand wasp in its habitat, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Bembix oculata female at her nest

List of species (Europe)[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Bembix variabilis McCaffrey, S & Gibson, L 2009 It is an Australian native species that is a pest on hives of the native bee, Tetragonula carbonara

External links[edit]

  • Photographs of Palearctic species.
  • McCaffrey, S. & Gibson, L. (2009) Crabronid wasp - Bembix variabilis (Bembix variabilis) Updated on 2/27/2013 1:01:55 PM Available online: PaDIL -