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

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

Bembix rostrata
Bembix tarsata
over 350 more species; see text

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

List of species (Europe)Edit

See alsoEdit

  • 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 linksEdit

  • 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 -