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Hairy scolid wasp

Austroscolia soror

Description:

A large glossy all black wasp (30mm long) with very distinctive, heavily veined wings which catch strong blue tints at certain angles.
This one initially had a tiny pholcid spider with web riding it's back. Not sure if this wasp had received a bite from the pholcid but it wasn't comfortable and refused to remain still. Wings may have been recently unfurled.

Habitat:

Outer urban back yard.

Notes:

This is a solitary, parasitic wasp. Females will dig to find beetle grubs, paralyse them and lay eggs. Adults feed on flowers.
superfamily: VESPOIDEA
family: SCOLIIDAE
genus: Austroscolia
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...

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3 Comments

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 4 years ago

Photos No. 1 and 3, are beautiful photos...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Now Scolia soror

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Wonderful images Mark

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 18, 2015
Submitted on Mar 18, 2015

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