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Flower Wasp

Scolia verticalis




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Scoliid Wasp
Scolia verticalis Scolia verticalis


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Christiane
Christiane 8 years ago

Great.. Thanks...Like this sort of information..

kwalker
kwalker 8 years ago

Hi Christiane,

These are wasp larvae that are about to pupate on the outside of the caterpillar body. Parasitic wasps are endo-parasites - that is they feed on the inside of the caterpillar body but they emerge from the body to pupate on the outside. You can actually see some silk strands attaching the caterpillar to the leaf. The white to yellow wasp pupal cases enshroud the dead body of the caterpillar. Ken

Christiane
Christiane 8 years ago

Hey Ken..
I like the idea of an Atlas of Living Australia.. I love nature and the animals.. pretty much all of them! I would love to learn more about them and an would like to id a lot of them!
I really like to hear more about citizen science portal..
I am a biological researcher, herbalist, nature lover and bush-walker! I love to share my passion to protect animals and I am working on all my friends and neighbours to help make the world a better place to live!!

Christiane
Christiane 8 years ago

I will check out the web side.. and let you know.. Thanks for the ID .. can you ID this http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/622... as well..

kwalker
kwalker 8 years ago

Hi Christiane,

I am an entomologist at Museum Victoria in Melbourne. This is a Flower Wasp called Scolia verticalis. It can be found along the east coast of Australian from Qld to Vic.

I have enjoyed viewing yours and other Australian contributors images to this website.

As an aside, I am currently building a citizen science portal for Australia in conjunction with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA). I wonder if I could ask you what you do want from such a web portal and what would make you contribute to an Australian citizen science portal?

Thanks Ken

Christiane
Spotted by
Christiane

4885, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -17.32, Long: 145.69

Spotted on May 16, 2011
Submitted on May 17, 2011

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