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Subject: Asian Wasp/Hornet with Orange Legs
Location: Singapore
April 13, 2013 8:50 pm
I’m surprised I couldn’t find any reference to this wasp online as it’s a very striking insect. It was eating voraciously on these white flowers. It has long orange legs and a bluish/violet tint to its wings. There were about 6 wasps in this group feeding on this particular plant.
Signature: David

Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp

Hi David,
In our opinion, this appears to be a Spider Wasp in the family Pompilidae.  There is a list of identifying features on BugGuide, and this description of the leg fits your photographs:  “Slender with long and spiny legs, hind femora typically extending beyond tip of abdomen.
Tibiae of rear legs have two prominent spines at apex (distal end, next to tarsi).”

Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp

Spider Wasps often visit flowers in search of nectar, and female Spider Wasps prey upon Spiders to provide food for her brood.

Spider Wasp

Spider Wasp

 


What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Singapore
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2 Responses to Spider Wasp from Singapore

  1. David says:

    That’s great sleuthing Daniel thank you so much. If I can track down the exact ID I’ll update this post. I didn’t realise only females hunted wasps.

    PS. You might want to update the subject. Singapore isn’t part of China. :-)

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