Black & Orange Wasp
S1, Female, profile
Black & Orange Wasp
S1, Female, Wing Venation
Black & Orange Wasp (Sphodrotes sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Digging Wasp (Wasp: Crabronidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Black & Orange Wasp (Sphodrotes sp)
This Photo:     🔍S1, Female, Iso-view🔎

Thank you Kerri-Lee Harris for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~10mm long. A female as it has 10 flagellomeres.
Looks a lot like a bee. 1st indications it was a wasp were the lower antennae joins.
Kerri-Lee kindly quoted Bohart & Menke, 1976, for us saying this was a good match: "Inner orbits parallel or slightly converging below; 3 submarginal cells, second is petiolate; partially or totally red legs, gaster often extensively red; very coarse, dense punctation of entire body; genae broad, so head appears square"
One female found in Feb.

Copyright © 2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-Feb-2023
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.