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Katydid Hunter #142839

Asked July 24, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

I have found and captured a Katydid Hunter in emmett, where are they usually found?
are they normally in this area?

Gem County Idaho

Expert Response

Katydid hunters (Sphex spp.) are found across the continental US so it's not uncommon to find them in your area.

A quick survey of this website ( http://www.bentler.us/eastern-washington/animals/insects/wasps/default.aspx ) list several species of wasps that prey on katydids and grasshoppers and may match the wasp that you found.  Wasps in the genera Sphex, Chlorion, and Prionyx all prey on grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids.

The following "Guide to Minor Stinging Insects" from the University of Idaho provides a little more information that may be useful to you.

http://www.cals.uidaho.edu/edComm/pdf/BUL/BUL0853.pdf

I hope this information proves useful to you and thanks for asking your question!
Dave Brink Replied July 24, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

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