Subject: Flower Wasp ID?
Location: Blyth, SA
December 25, 2015 8:13 pm
Can you a specific ID for this wasp. Just turned up 130km north of Adelaide – about 8 of them. Dec 2015. Thanks for your help. Lovely little creature & seems oblivious to us – was burrowng in sand & bark litter.
Signature: Ian Roberts
This is definitely a Flower Wasp or Mammoth Wasp in the family Scoliidae. It looks very similar to this individual we believe we correctly identified as a Blue Flower Wasp, Scolia (Discolia) verticalis. There is a similarly marked individual on Bold Systems, and this FlickR posting from Western Australia looks like your individual, but it is only identified to the genus level. Bower Bird has a Flower Wasp identified as Laeviscolia frontalis that has the two spots evident on the abdomen of your individual, and an image on Ipernity supports that ID, but another image on Bower Bird does not appear to have the yellow color near the head. So, we cannot be certain of the species, but we are confident with the family Scoliidae.
Thanks for that – nice to have them zipping around.