Living With Argogorytes


Argogorytes nigrifrons on mint

Mint is a great garden plant if you want to attract our native bee and wasp pollinators. Argogorytes nigrifrons, a species of sand wasp, is a common visitor to mint in Indiana.

Not much is known about its biology. It is one of only two species of Argogorytes in North America and the only species in Indiana. Other species of Argogorytes are predators specializing on spittle bugs (Cercopidae) and a good possibility exists that Argogorytes nigrifrons also hunts spittle bugs. European Argogorytes spp. females make underground nests with multiple cells and may pack two dozen or more spittle bugs into a cell. The females are efficient hunters, collecting enough spittle bugs to fill a cell in about a 4 hour period. The wasps drink nectar from plants as an energy source to power their flight.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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3 Responses to Living With Argogorytes

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  3. Susanna Heideman says:

    Wasp in photo here labeled as Argogorytes nigrifrons is actually Philanthus sp.

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