Small Cuckoo Wasp
Outer abdomen + Ovipositor
Ellura
Sand Wasp
Female, anterior, Digging
 
    
Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Digging Wasp (Wasp: Crabronidae)
Species: Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES1)
This Photo:     Female, dorsal, In Flight

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Females do the digging to lay their eggs, and so have digging spines on their front legs (specifically their tarsi which are the feet, the sections between the tibia & the claw).
Each species apparantly makes a different pattern in the sand to cover/hide their nest.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Nov-2012
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.