Valuable Digger Wasp
Face
Adelaide Hills
Black Flower Wasp
Female: profile
 
    
Black Flower Wasp (Anthobosca sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Flower Wasp (Wasp: Thynnidae: Anthoboscinae)
Species: Black Flower Wasp (Anthobosca sp)
This Photo:     Female: dorsal

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

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
We were confused with the gender of this one. It has an ovi-positor AND wings. We thought female flower wasps don't have wings. However, Graham indicated that only sub-families Thynninae & Diamminae have wingless females. As such, we have added sub-family names within Thynnidae here to highlight the difference.
The legs look like they are made for digging.
There are interesting "shields" in front of the antennae on the face that we've never seen before. Do they protect them when digging?
The only specimen we found in February was dead & ~13mm long.

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