Golden Spider Wasp
S1: Dirty Colour
Two-coloured Orange Spider Wasp
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Spider Wasp (Wasp: Pompilidae)|
|Species:||Two-coloured Orange Spider Wasp (Cryptocheilus bicolor)|
General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
There are few trusted images of Cryptocheilus sp.
Assuming the bands on the abdomen are one of the diagnostic traits of this genera, C bicolor has quite a thick black abdomen band; and is fairly hairy.
This specimen was about 30mm long, ~50mm wingspan.
Cryptocheilus sp wing tips seem to often have black edges, which here are missing. Possibly due to the wings being so worn. It's possible the black edging is gender related.
The one specimen we found was captured in January.