Two-coloured Orange Spider Wasp
Ventral
Ellura
Orange Spider Wasp
 
    
Orange Spider Wasp (Cryptocheilus sp ES1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Spider Wasp (Wasp: Pompilidae)
Species: Orange Spider Wasp (Cryptocheilus sp ES1)

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Mainly black wasp with bright orange head, tail, feelers & legs.
Again has 3 purple jewels (actually Ocelli, simple eyes) on its head.
These need revision, as they don't have modern diagnostics. As such, we can only really go to genus. Everyone tends to put them under Cryptocheilus bicolor, but some have black tipped wings, other don't. We don't know the sizes of the specimens in the various on-line photo's, which is generally pretty important.

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 26-Mar-2011
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.