Orange-tailed Digger Wasp
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Mud Dauber & Sand Wasp (Wasp: Sphecidae)|
|Species:||Orange-tailed Digger Wasp (Podalonia tydei ssp suspiciosa)|
|This Photo:||Female: dorsal|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
We found 2 specimens on Ellura. The wing venation is the same, as best as we can tell, but there are some differences that we have put down to gender. Bold has 3 images of this species, showing the same variations as here. She had very hairy front legs, perhaps for digging her nest? She also seemed to have a shorter waist.
She was ~17mm long, the male ~20mm, which is fairly close.