Thread-waisted Wasp
Ellura
Orange-tailed Digger Wasp
Male: dorsal
 
    
Orange-tailed Digger Wasp (Podalonia tydei ssp suspiciosa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Mud Dauber & Sand Wasp (Wasp: Sphecidae)
Species: Orange-tailed Digger Wasp (Podalonia tydei ssp suspiciosa)
This Photo:     Female: dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
We found 2 specimens on Ellura. The wing venation is the same, as best as we can tell, but there are some differences that we have put down to gender. Bold has 3 images of this species, showing the same variations as here. She had very hairy front legs, perhaps for digging her nest? She also seemed to have a shorter waist.
She was ~17mm long, the male ~20mm, which is fairly close.

Copyright © 2018- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Oct-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.