Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp
S2, Female: ventral, very worn
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Mud Dauber & Sand Wasp (Wasp: Sphecidae)|
|Species:||Thread-waisted Wasp (Ammophila sp)|
Thank you Bernhard Jacobi for helping with the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
These have been considered to be Parapsammophila eremophila for a while. However, we were concerned that there were two different forms; one with black feet and one (like here) with orange feet. We found the original description only to find it's described as "Entirely Black", with different wing colour, etc. Also, it was only known from near Alice Springs, and was shorter at 24-25mm.
As such, taken the original descriptions genus, as well as Bernhard's suggestion, and id'ed this one as Ammophila sp.
Hopefully one day a species name might be found for them.