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Gasteruptiid Wasp

Gasteruption sp.


5mm dark wasp-like with a long slender abdomen that is bent into a curve. The abdomen seems to project beyond the wings. The slender abdomen broadens towards the tip in the manner of a baseball bat. The rear legs are pendulous and clubbed at their extreme length Medium antenna that were held still during the period of the photograph


This was a flowering gum that was obviously creating nectar in these flower bowls. Semi-rural coastal. Heavily disturbed habitat near a school (Red Bloodwood)


I thought this one was rather beautiful in its fragility but I have no idea where to look for an identity. The images are not great but it is the only one I have seen so I have used them. Later sighting of a similar wasp and possibly the same sub-group http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/163...

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StephenSolomons 6 years ago

Thanks Argy, gator. What an amazing range of creatures. I will update the genus and keywords and see if I can narrow down the species when I recap

gatorfellows 6 years ago

Check Thread-waisted Wasp (Sphecidae) in your area.

QWMom 6 years ago

That flowering gum is pretty cool looking, too!

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2261, New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -33.30, Long: 151.53

Spotted on Jan 30, 2013
Submitted on Jan 30, 2013

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