Sand Wasp
Male, dorsal
Sand Wasp
Male, profile
Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES05)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Digging Wasp (Wasp: Crabronidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Sand Wasp (Bembix sp ES05)
This Photo:     🔍Female, dorsal🔎

Thank you Milo van Loon for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~15-17mm long. Notice the "keel" or abdominal ridge under the abdomen of the male. It seems to have an ovi-positor or stinger, but this seems to be part of a 3 pronged anal appendage that some male wasps have.
It also lacks the strong digging spines on it's legs of the female. Milo said "Females have 6 body segments and 12 antennae segments, while males have 7 and 13."
We have photographed 3 specimens in Nov, Dec & Feb.

Copyright © 2021-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 29-Dec-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.