Orange-tailed Digger Wasp
S1, Female: profile
Ellura
Orange-tailed Digger Wasp
S3, Male: profile
 
                      
Orange-tailed Digger Wasp (Podalonia tydei ssp suspiciosa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Mud Dauber & Sand Wasp (Wasp: Sphecidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Orange-tailed Digger Wasp (Podalonia tydei ssp suspiciosa)
This Photo:     🔍S6, Female: profile🔎

Thank you Stephen Fricker & Anthony Paul for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
Females was ~17mm long, the males ~20mm.
The wing venation is the same, as best as we can tell, but there are some differences that we have put down to gender. Bold has 3 images of this species, showing the same variations as here. She had very hairy front legs, perhaps for digging her nest? She also seemed to have a shorter waist.
We photographed 6 specimens (2 male) in Oct, Nov, Dec & Feb.

Copyright © 2021-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-Dec-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.