Two-coloured Flower Wasp
Ventral
Ellura
Gold-lined Flower Wasp
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Gold-lined Flower Wasp (Aeolothynnus cf sp ES5)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Flower Wasp (Wasp: Thynnidae: Thynninae)
Species: Gold-lined Flower Wasp (Aeolothynnus cf sp ES5)
This Photo:     Dorsal

Thank you Dr Graham Brown for confirming the identification of this species

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~10mm long, with bluish/grey pale blotches on the abdomen. We couldn't get a clear view of the top side, but ventrally these blotches are like ellipses with off centre hole in the middle.
We think this is a male, as in some shots it looks like an ovi-positor but in one shot you can see 3 clear appendages. We've seen similar in other males.
The facial markings are quite unusual in that they graduate from orangy brown on top to bluish white/grey at the bottom.
The clearest wing venation we were able to get was in the ventral shot.

Copyright © 2019- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 23-Nov-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.