Black Sand-dauber Wasp
Dead, Face
Black Sand-dauber Wasp
Dead, Profile
Black Sand-dauber Wasp (Crabronidae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Digging Wasp (Wasp: Crabronidae)
Species: Black Sand-dauber Wasp (Crabronidae sp)
This Photo:     Dead, Abdomen

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
The white bands in this photo aren't right. There are a couple of reasons for this:
1) poor thing drowned in our hand wash bowl. We don't like photographing dead things, however, it's an oportunity to get close, get sizes, etc.
2) the wings are causing a shadow from the flash. As such, the white bands go all the way round, but here it looks like they stop. As such, I couldn't photograph the abdomen properly without cutting the wings off, which I didn't think of then.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Thought this was Pison, but Susanna Heideman told us Pison have indented eyes, unlike this one. It's also similar to many on-line images of Tachysphex (but their eye indentations are all mixed). So suspect there is a lot of confusion with online photo's with these. As such, we've put it at family level.

Similar Species: Zebra Spider Wasp

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.