Sand Wasp
Female, ventral hiding Black
Sand Wasp
Male, profile
Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES05)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Digging Wasp (Wasp: Crabronidae)
Species: Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES05)
This Photo:     Male, dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~17mm long. We think this is a male. Notice the "keel" or abdominal ridge under the abdomen. It seems to have an ovi-positor or stinger, but this seems to be part of a 3 pronged anal appendage that male wasps seem to have.
It also lacks the strong digging spines on it's legs of the female above.

Copyright © 2019- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Nov-2019
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.