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Black Spider Wasp

Auplopus sp.


A small to medium black wasp with extremely busy yellow antennae.


Searching the crevices in coarse bark on a E.microcarpa. Local public parkland within suburbia.


Family Pompilidae - Auplopus are known for removing the legs of spiders before carrying them off to their nest to parasitise. I suppose those pesky legs just get in the way. Very common.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Wow thanks John. I was actually editing to add that then found your comment. Coincidences! Merry Christmas.

John La Salle
John La Salle 8 years ago


Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 14, 2012
Submitted on Dec 16, 2012

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