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Mason wasp

Synagris sp

Description:

short waisted wasp around 20mm long, some red/orange colouration about the head and thorax, the wings were transparent brown with black tips. The abdomen was plain black with a grey bloom

Habitat:

sub-tropical arid tree/bush savanna with hot, wet summers and dry, mild winter

Notes:

the all black tail should be diagnostic, I imagine, as many of these type of wasp have bright red, orange or yellow bands or terminal portions to their abdomens

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4 Comments

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 9 years ago

Hi Marco, if you've time to spare and want to see a few more wasps try http://www.ispot.org.za/search/node/Hyme... ,a bit restricted geographically compared with PN but it has its virtues.

MarcoSelis
MarcoSelis 9 years ago

I suggest you to read this paper for the identification
http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/ha...
and this for the actual nomenclature
https://www.academia.edu/1159361/A_catal...

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 9 years ago

Do you have a reference? (not in my insect book)

MarcoSelis
MarcoSelis 9 years ago

This isn't a Synagris, it's a Rhynchium marginellum sabulosum.

C.Sydes
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C.Sydes

Central District, Botswana

Spotted on Feb 11, 2013
Submitted on Feb 20, 2013

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