Skip to main content

Pompilidae

Pompilidae (caterpillar-hunting wasps, spider-hunting wasps; suborder Apocrita, superfamily Pompiloidea) Family of large wasps (most 10–25 mm, but some up to 40 mm long) whose members provision their young with caught and paralysed spiders. They are long-legged, rarely fly, and run over the ground to catch their prey. Adults are usually dark-coloured, with dark wings which are not folded longitudinally at rest. They are distinguished from all other fossorial wasps by their well-developed hind-wing venation, and prothoracic structures. Nests are cup-shaped mud structures in crevices of rocks or trees, and some may be subterranean. The host may be left in its own burrow. Some species construct the nest first, then provision it with a paralysed spider; others catch their prey before building the nest. A few pompilid species lay their own eggs on the paralysed host of another species before it is interred in the nest. See HUNTING WASP.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Pompilidae." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. 19 Aug. 2018 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Pompilidae." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 19, 2018). http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/pompilidae

"Pompilidae." A Dictionary of Zoology. . Retrieved August 19, 2018 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/science/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/pompilidae

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles

Encyclopedia.com gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.com cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use Encyclopedia.com citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

http://www.mla.org/style

The Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

American Psychological Association

http://apastyle.apa.org/

Notes:
  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most Encyclopedia.com content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.