Sceliphron spirifex

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Sceliphron spirifex
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S. spirifex in Tanzania
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Family: Sphecidae
Genus: Sceliphron
Species: S. spirifex
Binomial name
Sceliphron spirifex
Synonyms [1]
  • Sphex spirifex Linnaeus, 1758
  • Pelopaeus spirifex (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Sphex aegyptius Linnaeus, 1758
  • Sphex flavipes Christ, 1791
  • Sceliphron aegyptiacum Klug, 1801

Sceliphron spirifex is a species of sphecid wasp. It has a medium-sized body (17–27 millimetres or 0.7–1.1 inches), which is dull black with a long, yellow petiole (waist). The legs are black with yellow bands, the antennae are black and the wings are clear.

Females build large multi-celled mud nests attached to cliffs, rocks, tree trunks, bridges and buildings. The cells are mass-provisioned with several spiders and sealed with mud.

S. spirifex lives in diverse habitats across Africa and Southern Europe, but is strongly associated with buildings and other man-made structures.


  1. ^ Anonymous (January 19, 2006). "Sceliphron" (PDF).

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