Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

John La Salle

John La Salle

Canberra, Australia

Sign In to follow

Friends

DanielePralong PaulaGriffiths maplemoth662 JC Garcia
John La Salle Chalcid wasp
Chalcid wasp commented on by John La Salle Taiwan4 years ago

Genus Podagrion. These are (quite beautiful) parasitoids of mantid egg cases.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/164527/bgi...

John La Salle Parasitoid wasp
Parasitoid wasp commented on by John La Salle ES, Brazil4 years ago

HI Sckel. This is a Braconidae in the subfamily Microgasterinae. I don't know the genera very well here, but I will pass it on to some braconid folks who should be able to help you. The wasps in this subfamily often spin up cocoons around their host.

John La Salle honey bee
honey bee commented on by John La Salle Uttarakhand, India4 years ago

Some type of stingless bee (tribe Meliponini)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingless_...

John La Salle Ichneumon wasp
Ichneumon wasp commented on by John La Salle California, USA4 years ago

Ichneumon wasp - family Ichneumonidae
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumoni...

John La Salle Northern Paper Wasp
Northern Paper Wasp commented on by John La Salle Baltimore, Maryland, USA4 years ago

Some kind of social wasp - family Vespidae
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vespidae

John La Salle Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by John La Salle Talisay, Negros Occidental, Philippines4 years ago

Bougainvillea
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bougainvil...

John La Salle Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by John La Salle Northern Territory, Australia4 years ago

Very nice series.
This is a thread-waisted wasp (or digger wasp) in the family Sphecidae.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphecidae

John La Salle Unknown spotting
Unknown spotting commented on by John La Salle Aysén, XI Región Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, Chile4 years ago

Nice. Ichneumonidae.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumoni...

John La Salle crane fly
crane fly commented on by John La Salle Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India4 years ago

Beautiful creature - but a fly not a wasp.
Pretty good mimic, though.
Possibly a crane fly (family Tipulidae)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crane_fly

John La Salle Sand Wasp
Sand Wasp commented on by John La Salle Victoria, Australia4 years ago

Hi Leuba
Yep, I would say definitely a Crabronidae.
I know this is difficult to see and explain, but the pronotum (in your picture the thin cream band along the front of the thorax) in Crabronidae (and Sphecids and bees) is different from the other aculeate wasps.
In the former, the pronotum viewed from above is transverse, narrow, and widely separated from the tegula (a little pads at the base of the wing); in lateral view there is a nice, rounded lobe (cream in your specimen). In other stinging wasps (most notably the social and paper wasps) the pronotum in dorsal view curves back meet the tegula. Sorry if this is a bit too technical - but it is the best way to separate these groups out.

Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team