Valuable Digger Wasp
Black Flower Wasp
|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.