Small Black Parasitoid Wasp
Adelaide Hills
Blue Hairy Flower Wasp
Female: profile
Blue Hairy Flower Wasp (Austroscolia soror)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Hairy Flower Wasp (Wasp: Scoliidae)
Species: Blue Hairy Flower Wasp (Austroscolia soror)
This Photo:     Female: dorsal

Thank you Dr Graham Brown for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
Very dark blue, looking mainly black except for light reflections.
Note the emarginate eyes.
Having shorter antennae we assume this to be a female.
If it wasn't for the indented eyes Graham said "it could have been one of a couple of thynnid genera - Anthobosca or Austromyzinum but fully black ones of these two genera are rare".

Copyright © 2018- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Apr-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.