Black bodied, blue winged wasp like bug
Hey bug people,
I’ve found lots of bugs on your site but this one has got me so far. Lots of these fly around our tomatoes here in Australia. I’ve had tomatoes before but never saw these before. They seemed too big to be a black flower wasp (that and they leave our regular flowers alone). They have bright blue wings and eyes with black bodies. They constantly move so this was a clear a shot as I could get. Thanks

Hi Peter,
We suspect these are Blue Flower Wasps or Hairy Flower Wasps, Discolia soror, based on images posted to the Geocities Website. They are in the family SCOLIIDAE Scoliidae. Adult Blue Flower Wasps are nectar feeders and the larvae feed on Scarab Beetle Grubs. The female wasp locates the beetle grubs in the soil, digs down and lays an egg on the grub. The Csiro Website (which refers to this species as the Black Flower Wasp) indicates: “Black flower wasps are solitary and do not make communal nests. However, in mid to late summer, they often form small swarms flying low over an area of turf, a compost heap or around a shrub. The adults can also be seen taking nectar from flowers.”

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Location: Australia

19 Responses to Blue Flower Wasp

  1. Tina Carson says:

    Just caught one of these blue flower wasps in north Georgia mountains USA.

  2. Jenny says:

    Pretty sure I killed one of these in Wisconsin. Are they like the yellow and black wasps? Do they sting? Where can I find out more information about these?

    • bugman says:

      The Blue Flower Wasp is native to Australia, and to the best of our knowledge, they have not been reported from Wisconsin. Additional information on the Blue Flower Wasp is available on Csiro. You may also follow the links on our posting.

  3. Chuck says:

    We, (my wife and I), live in north east Pennsylvania. This year we have a new bug flying around the garden. It looks like a blue flower wasp, however the colors are opposite; The wings are black and the body is irridescent blue, kind of a pretty color when it sits in the sun. The wasp looking insect avoids our presents when we step outside and the birds will not come to the feeder when the insects are about. Last year we had a swarm of June bugs and a smaller amount of the June bugs this year. These insects are doing exactly what you say thay are suppose to, flying around digging in the dirt, I think laying their eggs in the June bug grubbs. But WHAT are they? This could be what Georgia and Wisconsin are talking about.? Thank you for your help and time in this matter. Charles J. Shuck Sr., (Chuck),

  4. Chuck says:

    Mr. Bugman, After looking at all the photos, we have strike-one. I am not up on the names of the body parts of a wasp, but these guys have larger wings that cover them like a lighting bug when they sit. The body is by no way as thin as any of the wasps in the pics. They look very much like the Steel Blue Cricket Hunter, but again they do not have a womens waist, nor the light wings. I know the Blue Mud Dauber, so that leaves him out. They are by no way a light weight wasp. Looks like I will have to catch and pin one of these for pics, even though I don’t like killing anything unless there is a reason, I will send a copy of the pics to you if I am lucky and take this one to the Penn. State annex for Id. Again thank you for your time and help. Chuck, (

  5. Carol says:

    I found one off these in my car in Johannesburg

  6. Zak says:

    One flew into my car today in Cape Town

  7. Arkenaten says:

    Just photographed one in the garden two hours ago. Johannesburg.

  8. Arkenaten says:

    Just photographed one in the garden two hours ago. Johannesburg.

  9. Sue says:

    We found a large wasp like insect black in color with orange butterfly like wings. Can you tell us what it is? It was huge.

  10. We live in south central texas and believe we just encountered one of these wasp. I’m well rounded in i.d most of the local wild life since I look for reptiles to photograph, but had to do a search for this one, where I came across this site. Good job btw and thanx for making it easy for me to find what I was looking for.

  11. Eddie says:

    I’m in Northern California and Just found one in my driveway, caught me off guard with its colors ive never seen before.

    • bugman says:

      Since this is an Australian species, we suspect you encountered a different species, possibly a Steel Blue Cricket Hunter which is reported from California based on BugGuide data.

      • Stacy M Jones says:

        I saw one in CA too. It was black wasp shaped body, with bright metallic blue wings.So there is one here that looks like it, if its not the same as the Australian one. But the body was black, not metallic. Only the wings were metallic blue.

  12. Mary B says:

    Living in Maryland, I found a seemingly unidentifiable arachnid. I tried to examine it well before I flushed it. It was about 1.5 to 2 inches long and about 3/4 inches high. It had a “hard shiny shell” & looked like a tiny toy train. From under the thorax ONLY, were 4 teensy feet showing beneath on each side. The shell’s two parts were rectangular & a bright blue, and at the base of the shell and for its entire length (from thorax to abdomen) was one bright red stripe. It had NO long legs, no body hair, no wings, no feelers, no points or other patterns. I can’t remember what the face looked like. It was underneath my toilet seat. Never seen anything like it before or since. Can not find it on the internet.

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