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Tastiotenia festiva

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Hymenopterida
Ordo: Hymenoptera
Subordo: Apocrita
Superfamilia: Pompiloidea

Familia: Pompilidae
Subfamilia: Pompilinae
Tribus: Pompilini
Genus: Tastiotenia
Species: Tastiotenia festiva

Tastiotenia festiva is a species of spider wasp in the subfamily Pompilinae.[1] It was first described by its discoverer, Howard Ensign Evans, in 1950.[2] It is a rather small spider wasp species, growing from 3–6.5 mm in length and has only been observed rarely. It lives in the desert regions of the south-western United States (southern California to western Texas) as well as northern Mexico (Sonora and Baja California).[3][4][5] Based on Evans' biological observation in 1961, it is assumed that Tastiotenia festiva consumes black widow spiders as part of its diet and that it utilizes burrows made by other wasps for nesting.
References

"Taxonomy browser (Tastiotenia festiva)". www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
Evans, H.E. 1950. A taxonomic study of the nearctic spider wasps belonging to the tribe pompilini, Part I. Trans. Amer. Entomol. Soc., 75: 133-270. (pp. 150-152)
Evans, H. (1961). Notes on the Distribution and Biology of Tastiotenia Festiva (Hymenoptera). The Southwestern Naturalist, 6(1), 51-52.
Evans, H.E. 1966. A revision of the Mexican and Central American spider wasps of the subfamily pompilinae. Mem. Amer. Entomol. Soc., 20: 1-439.
Wasbauer, M.S. and L.S. Kimsey. 1985. California spider wasps of the subfamily pompilinae. Bull. California Insect Survey vol. 26:1-130. University of California Press, Berkeley (p. 23).

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