Pale-legged Gasteruptiid Wasp
Male, profile
Ellura
Tiny Black Gasteruptiid Wasp
S1: Anterior
 
                      
Pale-legged Gasteruptiid Wasp (Gasteruption sp ES07)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Gasteruptiid Wasp (Wasp: Gasteruptiidae)
Species: Pale-legged Gasteruptiid Wasp (Gasteruption sp ES07)
This Photo:     🔍Male, face🔎

Thank you Ben Parslow for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Male, ~12mm long & ~12mm wingspan. These are unusual ratios, with the wingspan normally being quite a bit larger than the head & body length.
Found in Melaleuca lanceolata flowers during the day.
Normally they are very hard to see but the blackness of it's body contrasted with the white Melaleuca flowers.
Found one specimen in March.

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Mar-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.