Ceropales maculata fraterna

Common Names: Ceropales maculata fraterna, spider wasp
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Wasps

A subspecies of Ceropales maculata, not much information is available about this particular species. Spider wasps in the Ceropales genus are generally 3 to 15 mm in size and are distinguished from other spider wasps by the following characters: Hypopygium strongly compressed laterally or at least with the hypopygium possessing a strong longitudinal crease near the apex. Labrum fully exposed. Eyes strongly divergent above, emarginate above the middle. Spines at apex of hind tibia of equal size and spacing. None of the nearctic species have serrate hind tibia. Lacks a groove in the second sternite and a pocket in the basioposterior corner of the third discal cell. Found in woods and fields, often of flowers, from May to October.

Edible Notes: Not likely edible.
Warnings: Like other wasps, they are capable of inflicting a painful and mildly venomous sting.
Additional Information: http://bugguide.net/node/view/446163