Pompilus (wasp)

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Pompilus cinereus with prey
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Pompilidae
Subfamily: Pompilinae
Genus: Pompilus
Fabricius, 1798

Pompilus is a genus of spider wasps in the family Pompilidae the members of which prey on spiders. There are seven species recognised in Pompilus sensu stricto.[1] It is the type genus of the family Pompilidae and the subfamily Pompilinae.


Pompilus wasps are fossorial, stocking short burrows in sand with single spiders of various families upon which they lay a single egg.[1]


The members of Pompilus are widely distributed throughout the Old World, in both temperate and tropical regions, but with the greatest diversity in Africa.[1]

The species are:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Day M.C (1981) A revision of Pompilus (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera : Pompilidae), with further nomenclatural and biological considerations; Volume 42, Issue 1 of Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History).: Entomology, British Museum (Natural History),