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Pale male flower wasp

Thynnus ventralis


Pale yellow and black with dark tinted wings. About 22mm long.


On small coastal acacia. The area also had some saltbush and other low scrubby plants.


Photos with permission by Phil Mercuri.
Thanks to Leuba Ridgway for the ID
There is a subspecies 'dessicatus' possibility but I can't yet find documentation to determine the differences.
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Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

I think you finally found the specie, good job Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Good call Juan! We believe we have the ID but this one is very pale by comparison so likely a very 'fresh' one.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

very handsome !

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Good idea Juan. Thanks for that.
I believe we can see part of an eye which is a pale speckled type a bit like this

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

I think the problem with this wasp, is freshly emerged, so colors or even structures are not yet well defined

MartinL 6 years ago

How curious.
This does look like a sawfly.

Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Spotted on May 22, 2014
Submitted on Jul 22, 2014

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