Small Zebra Spider Wasp
Wing Venation
Zebra Spider Wasp
Zebra Spider Wasp (Pompilinae sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Zebra Spider Wasp (Wasp: Pompilidae: Pompilinae)
Species: Zebra Spider Wasp (Pompilinae sp)
This Photo:     Abdomen

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
There are 2 very similar, visually, genera of Zebra Spider Wasps that need wing venation shots to separate; Turneromyia and Ctenostegus sp. They are both in the sub-family Pompilinae.
We have 2 different looking species on Ellura which we've separated out by the abdominal banding. Here you can see the silvery stripes are thinner and sepated on the side. Since we haven't caught one of these we haven't managed to get a good wing venation shot and can't be sure which genus they belong to. The other species which we've caught clearly has Turneromyia wing venation. Here's an excellent image by Tony Daley, Insects of Tasmania, showing the wing venation difference on this link: Wing Venation Difference

Similar Species: Black Sand-dauber Wasp (Crabronidae sp)

Copyright © 2014-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 01-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.