Large Mud-nesting Wasp
Throat
Ellura
Orange Potter Wasp
Walking on Water, front
 
    
Orange Potter Wasp (Delta bicinctus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Potter Wasp (Wasp: Vespidae)
Species: Orange Potter Wasp (Delta bicinctus)
This Photo:     Walking on Water, profile
Synonym: Eumenes bicincta

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
We suspect this specimen wasn't drinking but collecting water to make mud to build it's nest as it was dry and it returned regularly.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Large deep orange wasp with black stripes
They make a mud nest and fill it with a larva for it's offspring to feed on.
The nest is a series of individual cells.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 27-Sep-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.