2 Spotted Blue Hairy Flower Wasp
Female, don't try this at home
Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Hairy Flower Wasp (Wasp: Scoliidae)|
|Species:||Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris sp)|
|This Photo:||Female: dorsal|
Thank you Dr Chris Lambkin for helping with the identification of this species
Thank you Qld Museum for identifying this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Like other Scoliid wasps, the females have short antennae, where as males have much longer ones.
These look identical to Radumeris tasmaniensis & Laevicampsomeris formosa, which is only recognised to be from Queensland (1933). However, the one we captured yesterday was only 18mm long, nearly half the size of R. tasmaniensis at around 30mm long. There is a photo on Bold of a female R. tasmaniensis which indicates she's 3mm long. This has to be a mistake and the scale, we believe, should read 0.5cm, or 5.0mm, not 0.5mm.
The one female specimen we found in December was very worn & old; probably why she was easy to catch. The other, in the grass, was found elsewhere in the April.