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Scoliid Wasp

Scolia (Discolia) vollenhoveni

Description:

Scoliid wasp with black body, black-bluish wings, red-orange head and antennae. Scolia vollenhoveni Saussure, of family Scoliidae, subfamily Scoliinae, tribe Scoliini, occurs in Sri Lanka, East Indies, Philippines, Thailand and Burma. See similar spotting - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/352...

Habitat:

Spotted on a Zinnia flower. In the garden, Biñan Laguna, Philippines.

Notes:

Classification: Arthropods (Arthropoda) » Insects (Insecta) » Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies (Hymenoptera) » Aculeata - Bees, Ants, and Stinging Wasps » Ants, Stinging Wasps, and Hornets (Vespoidea) » Scoliid Wasps (Scoliidae) » Scolia. Scolia spp. for comparison: http://www.waspweb.org/Vespoidea/Scoliid..., http://bugguide.net/node/view/576596/bgi....

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1 Comment

JonathanHoskins
JonathanHoskins a year ago

From these photos, it's going to be hard, if not impossible, to rule out Austroscolia ruficeps. From what specimens I've seen, scape color *may* be useful in separating the two (though I thus far see no mention in the taxonomic keys), but even that isn't visible here. I wouldn't suggest going further than Scoliinae: Scoliini at this distance and resolution.

Biñan, Calabarzon, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 31, 2012
Submitted on Oct 8, 2012

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