Yellow Antennae Black Spider Wasp
Flying
Ellura
Large Yellow Antennae Spider Wasp
Dorsal
 
    
Patch-wing Yellow Antennae Spider Wasp (Fabriogenia sp ES2)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Spider Wasp (Wasp: Pompilidae)
Species: Patch-wing Yellow Antennae Spider Wasp (Fabriogenia sp ES2)

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Only one shot of this one, so no measurements to share.
Note the opaque fawn patch on the wings, not seen on the other two in this genus.
Spider hunting wasps are interesting to watch, walking/running around the ground with head & antennae almost scraping it. They are in search of spiders to take to their nest & prepare for their young. Their wings often lift in the air in a fidgety way. We can think of no other reason other than balance. They are very quick as they scurry over huge areas in search of prey. They are very difficult to catch!
One specimen seen in April.

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Apr-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.