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Black Potter Wasp

Delta pyriforme philippinense

Description:

Black wasp about 1 inch long with club-shaped petiole connecting abdomen and thorax. Amber-colored wings, antennae and ventral side of abdomen.

Habitat:

Suburban neighborhood on mesic, tropical, insular lowland plateau.

Notes:

Spotted on concrete slab outside my back door, apparently in distress. It did not fly away when I approached, but walked slowly. However, after I took my camera inside and returned to look for it, it was gone, so it obviously had more mobility than it seemed when I first observed it. A couple of days after I made this spotting I discovered the dead insect a few yards away. I collected the corpse and recorded additional images (nos. 3-5).

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2 Comments

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 5 years ago

Thanks for the ID Marco.

MarcoSelis
MarcoSelis 5 years ago

This is a male of Delta pyriforme philippinense, a wasp originary of the Philippine Islands and adventive in Hawaii.

Allen Hoof
Spotted by
Allen Hoof

Mililani, Hawaii, USA

Spotted on Oct 6, 2015
Submitted on Oct 7, 2015

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