Blue Hairy Flower Wasp
Female: profile
Blue Hairy Flower Wasp
Female: Leg Spines
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: Wing Venation

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

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and 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 © 2018-2022 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.