Two-coloured Orange Spider Wasp
Adelaide Hills
Two-coloured Orange Spider Wasp
Two-coloured Orange Spider Wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Spider Wasp (Wasp: Pompilidae)
Species: Two-coloured Orange Spider Wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor)
This Photo:     Body Hair

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
There are few trusted images of Cryptocheilus sp.
Assuming the bands on the abdomen are one of the diagnostic traits of this genera, C bicolor has quite a thick black abdomen band; and is fairly hairy.
This specimen was about 30mm long, ~50mm wingspan.
Cryptocheilus sp wing tips seem to often have black edges, which here are missing. Possibly due to the wings being so worn. It's possible the black edging is gender related.
The one specimen we found was captured in January.

Copyright © 2018-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Jan-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.