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Pale male flower wasp

Thynnus ventralis

Description:

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

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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.
http://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:b...
Bill&Mark Bell - https://www.flickr.com/photos/48991563@N...

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6 Comments

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 http://onbeingmark.files.wordpress.com/2...

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
MartinL 6 years ago

How curious.
This does look like a sawfly.

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

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

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