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Subject: what is this bug? a kind of Fly?
Location: Saudi Arabia_Madinah
April 21, 2014 8:45 am
Can you please identify this bug?
I’ve found it sitting on a leaf, in the morning in 21/4/2014.
I couldn’t take any pictures, except for this one.
and thank you.
Signature: M.A

Possibly a Sawfly

Unknown Wasp

Dear M.A.,
We wish your image had more detail.  At first we thought this might be a Fly in the order Diptera, but the antennae look decidedly unflylike.  We now believe this is a Hymenopteran, the order that includes bees and wasps, and we believe it might be a Sawfly.  We wish we were able to tell if there is one pair of wings or two pairs.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist in this identification.

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Location: Madinah, Saudi Arabia

4 Responses to Unknown Insect from Saudi Arabia is some species of Wasp

  1. Stephen Thorpe says:

    Not a sawfly, clearly a sphecoid, probably bembicine

  2. Curious Girl says:

    This looks to be very similar to the Sand Digger Wasps I’ve been photographing — and just looking at this morning — in Cyprus (but I cannot attach a photo in a comment — or if I can I do not know how). Perhaps Ammophila?

    I’m finding out that the fauna of Saudi Arabia often is also found in Cyprus such as with the very cool Carpenter Bees of which I also some great pics.

    • bugman says:

      Hi Curious Girl,
      You cannot attach an image to a comment, but when you are able, if you can send that Sand Wasp image, it would be great.

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