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Tiphiidae (♀+♂)

Tiphiidae spp.

Description:

One large and one small wasps mating. Both red and black. The larger male can fly but the female has no wings. I'm also curious about the activity here. How does she feed? Drink? Is that droplet under the male abdomen part of the story? Male about 35mm long, fem about 12mm.

Habitat:

On eucalyptus leaves in a public nature reserve.

Notes:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22953763@N0...

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3 Comments

RyckiiJBirdman
RyckiiJBirdman 6 years ago

nice find, currently i have swarms of black flower wasps at my work - photos will be up soon - and im trying to find the same sort of coupling

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Apparently he feeds her and looks after her... but yes not much fun flying backwards everywhere.

Sckel
Sckel 6 years ago

I feel sorry for the female. :D

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Nov 4, 2013
Submitted on Nov 14, 2013

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