Small Cuckoo Wasp
Outer abdomen + Ovipositor
Female, anterior, Digging
|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.