Sand Wasp
Male, ventral
Large Black Sand Wasp
Female, dorsal
Large Black Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES06)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Digging Wasp (Wasp: Crabronidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Large Black Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES06)
This Photo:     🔍Female, dorsal, wings open🔎

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~16mm long.
Notice the front of the legs are the typical yellow Bembix colour, as does the face; the clypeus (upper) & labrum (lower) in particular.
The pattern in the abdomen is in the body, not hairy colour, as per other Bembix.
Also notice the way the the mandibles wrap the face and finally the wing venation is consistent.
We found one specimen on 24th Dec, what a Xmas present

Copyright © 2021-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 24-Dec-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.