|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.