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Kurczewski FE, West RC, Crews SC, Jenzen-Jones NR. 2020. Selenopidae (Arachnida: Araneae), a new host spider family for the spider wasp Tachypompilus ferrugineus (Say) (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae: Pompilini). Insecta Mundi 0824: 1–6.


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Four online photographs from Oaxaca, Mexico taken by N. R. Jenzen-Jones and posted on reveal Selenops sp., probably S. mexicanus Keyserling (Arachnida: Araneae: Selenopidae), as a new host spider species, genus and family for the common and widespread American spider wasp Tachypompilus fer­rugineus (Say) (rusty spider wasp). The wasp transported the immobilized spider up an exterior stucco wall of a house, dorsal side upward, walking backwards for 3 m to her nest in a gap between the wooden planking and stucco wall beneath the roof, while grasping the femur of its right pedipalp with her mandibles.