Small Black Flower Wasp
Male: ventral
Adelaide Hills
Black Flower Wasp
Black Flower Wasp (Lophocheilus sp ES01)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Flower Wasp (Wasp: Thynnidae: Thynninae)
Species: Black Flower Wasp (Lophocheilus sp ES01)
This Photo:     Dorsal

Thank you Dr Graham Brown for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
~14mm long. We would have thought it was a male based on the long antennae. But it seems to have a very short ovi-positor. Or perhaps it's a stinger. So we can't determine gender.
Resembles a male Velvet Ant (Mutillidae sp), however the hairs are finer, the abdomen more rounded and the eyes larger + more elongated.
Notice the very short hairs on the wings. Given the wings are effectively dead membrane (a bit like human fingernails are dead), it doesn't make sense to try and keep them warm. And it's hard to imagine them improving flight; there are no muscles to lay them down nor lift them in flight. We wonder what they are for?

Copyright © 2018-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 01-Nov-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.