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Black Potter Wasp

Delta pyriforme philippinense


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


Suburban neighborhood on mesic, tropical, insular lowland plateau.


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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Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID Marco.

MarcoSelis 8 years ago

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

Allen Hoof
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Allen Hoof

Mililani, Hawaii, USA

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

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