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Showing 31 types of WASPS

Bald Faced hornet

Latin Name: Dolichovespula maculata

This is a native species that is found throughout North America from southern Canada to Mexico and in all states of the U.S. It may be most common in the Southeast U.S.

Black and Yellow mud dauber

Latin Name: Sceliphron caementarium

Latin Family Name: Sphecidae

A number of species of wasps in this family are native to North America, with the Black and Yellow Mud Dauber and the Blue Mud Dauber most often nesting on structures.

Blue mud dauber

Latin Name: Chalybion californicum

This is a native species in North America and is found throughout the U.S. and southern Canada.

Braconid wasps

Latin Name: Braconidae

Most of these will be native species in North America, while many may also be imported from other regions of the world to serve as biological control agents for imported pest insects.

California gall wasp

Latin Name: Andricus quercuscalifornicus

This is a native species found from Washington south to northern Mexico.

California jumping gall

Latin Name: Neuroterus saltatorius

These are native insects in western U.S.

Chalcid wasps

Latin Name: Chalcididae

These are native species in North America.

Cicada Killer

Latin Name: Sphecius Speciosus

Latin Family Name: Sphecidae

There are several species of these giant hornets in the United States, occurring commonly in states east of the Rocky Mountains and south into Mexico.

Common yellowjacket

Latin Name: Vespula alascensis

This is a native species in North America and can be found throughout all of the U.S. and southern

Cow Killer velvet ant

Latin Name: Dasymutilla occidentalis

This is a native species that occurs from Texas and Missouri to the entire eastern seaboard of the U.S.

Cuckoo Wasps

Latin Name: Chrysididae

These are native species in North America.

Encyrtid wasps

Latin Name: Encyrtidae

These are native insects in North America.

European paper wasp

Latin Name: Polistes dominula

This species is native to Europe but was introduced into the U.S. as early as 1968 in New Jersey. In the 1980’s and 1990’s it spread throughout the rest of the U.S. and now is found in Canada, Australia, and throughout Latin America.

German yellowjacket

Latin Name: Vespula germanica

This species is native to Europe and is the common species in the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Giant hornet

Latin Name: Vespa crabro germana (the subspecies in North America)

This wasp is native to Europe but found its way into North America by 1840 and now can be found throughout the eastern half of the United States and into southeastern Canada.

Hibiscus sawfly

Latin Name: Atomacera decepta

This may be a native species that is found in the eastern half of the U.S.

Horntails

Latin Name: Siricidae

Latin Family Name: Siricidae

About 18 species of horntail wasps are native to North America, with most species in the western half of the continent.

Ichneumon Wasps

Latin Name: Ichneumonidae

These are native insects found throughout North America. There also are some species that have been imported as biological controls, but this often is not successful.

Live oak gallfly

Latin Name: Callirhytis sp.

These are native insects in western North America.

Mountain ash sawfly

Latin Name: Pristiphora geniculata

This is a native species in North America.

Paper wasp

Latin Name: Polistes sp.

Many species of these wasps are native insects in North America.

Pear sawfly

Latin Name: Caliroa cerasi

This is a native species in North America.

Pine sawflies

Latin Name: Neodiprion sp.

Most species in this genus are native to North America while a few are imported. These include the Introduced Pine Sawfly and the European Pine Sawfly.

Pipe Organ mud dauber

Latin Name: Trypoxylon politum

This is a native species in eastern North America.

Potter and Mason wasps

Latin Name: Eumenes sp.

These are native insects in North America.

Pteromalid wasps

Latin Name: Pteromalidae

There are hundreds of native species of these wasps in North America as well as some imported species used for biological controls.

Sand wasps

Latin Name: Bembix sp.

There are at least 21 native species in this genus in North America.

Scoliid wasps

Latin Name: Scoliidae

These are native species in North America, with most species found in the southern states.

Tarantula hawk

Latin Name: Pepsis sp.

These are native species in the southern United States, and most prevalent in the Southwest.

Velvet ant

Latin Name: Dasymutilla sp.

There are many native species of these insects in North America.

Western yellowjacket

Latin Name: Vespula pennsylvanica

This is a native species in North America and can be found throughout the western U.S. and Canada.

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