Editha

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Editha
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Crabronidae
Tribe: Bembicini
Genus: Editha
J. Parker, 1929
Species

Editha adonis
Editha caesarea
Editha diana
Editha fuscipennis
Editha integra
Editha magnifica
Editha pulcherrima

Editha is a small genus of large, brightly colored sand wasps, restricted to South America. They are specialized predators of butterflies, and after capturing and paralyzing their prey, they strip the wings off before placing the bodies in an underground cell to serve as food for the wasp larva.

References[edit]

  • Howard E. Evans, "A Review of Prey Choice in Bembicine Sand Wasps (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae)" Neotropical Entomology 31(1): 001-011 (2002) (PDF at [1])