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Pepsis albocincta
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Pompilidae
Subfamily: Pepsinae
Genus: Pepsis
Fabricius, 1804
Type species
Sphex stellatta
(Fabricius, 1793)

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Pepsis heros
Pepsis wasp with prey

Pepsis is a genus of spider wasps belonging to the family Pompilidae.

Species within this genus are also called tarantula hawks, as they usually hunt tarantulas, similarly to many species in the genus Hemipepsis.

These wasps are restricted to the Americas, with the related genus Hemipepsis occurring in both Old and New Worlds.[2]


Species within this genus include:[3][4][5][1]


  • Fred Punzo, Brian Garman. 1989. Effects of Encounter Experience on the hunting behavior of the spider wasp, Pepsis formosa (Say) (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae). In: The Southwestern Naturalist 34(4). December 1989, ISSN 0038-4909, S. 513—518.
  • Harris, A. C. 1987. Pompilidae (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Fauna of New Zealand. DSIR Science Information Publishing Centre. 12:1-154.


External links[edit]

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