Alice Springs Fauna •

Alice Springs WaspsAbispa ephippium Agriomyia maculata Bembicinae Bembix Blue Hairy Flower Wasp Cryptocheilus Cryptocheilus bicolor Delta latreillei Delta philantes Eumeninae Mud Nests and Potter Wasps Orchid Dupe Wasp Paralastor (Potter Wasp) Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides Sceliphron laetum Thynnid Flower Wasps Velvet Ant Family (Tribe Dasymutillini) Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris radula) Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris tasmaniensis)

The Thynnid Flower Wasps is a common name given to a group of wasps that fall under the family name Tiphiidae. It is a large grouping of wasps with a number of subfamilies, genus and species. They are mainly solitary wasps that vary in sizes across species, from small, and up to 30 mm long.

Genus Agriomyia (a member of Thynnid Flower Wasps Family Thynnidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Agriomyia (a member of Thynnid Flower Wasps Family Thynnidae), Alice Springs NT

This grouping of wasps within family, subfamily and genus often have a common name that groups them colloquially such as Tiphiid Wasps, Flower Wasps, Smooth Flower Wasps and Australian Flower Wasps. They are not to be confused with the common name of Hairy Flower Wasps, that is used to describe a group of solitary wasps in the family Scoliidae.

Genus Agriomyia (a member of Thynnid Flower Wasps Family Thynnidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Agriomyia (a member of Thynnid Flower Wasps Family Thynnidae), Alice Springs NT

The Thynnid Flower Wasps are an interesting group of solitary wasps whose larvae are parasitoids of various beetle larvae. Some of the female of the various subfamilies are wingless and rely on the male to carry them around to find food sources and places where they will lay their eggs.

Genus Agriomyia (a member of Thynnid Flower Wasps Family Thynnidae), Alice Springs NT
Genus Agriomyia (a member of Thynnid Flower Wasps Family Thynnidae), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Vespoidea
  • Family: Tiphiidae
  • Subfamily:
    • Anthoboscinae
    • Diamminae
    • Methochinae
    • Myzininae
    • Thynninae

Footnote & References

  1. Getting to know flower wasps, by Kerri-Lee Harris, 27 October 2020, Life In A Southern Forest (biodiversity & ecology in the Australian bush), https://southernforestlife.net/happenings/2020/10/flower-wasps
  2. Thynnids are seriously sexy wasps, Kevin Thiele, 22 February 2019 / updated 19 March 2019, Taxonomy Australia, https://www.taxonomyaustralia.org.au/post/thynnids-are-seriously-sexy-wasps
  3. Thynninae, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/8c7daf99-6f76-4d84-96d9-31a37ea4e599
  4. Thynnid Flower Wasps (Family Thynnidae), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/605157-Thynnidae
  5. Subfamily Thynninae, The Field Guide to the Insects of Tasmania, https://tasmanianinsectfieldguide.com/hexapoda/insectsoftasmaniahymenoptera2/superfamily-vespoidea-2/tiphiidae-flower-wasps/subfamily-thynninae/

Alice Springs WaspsAbispa ephippium Agriomyia maculata Bembicinae Bembix Blue Hairy Flower Wasp Cryptocheilus Cryptocheilus bicolor Delta latreillei Delta philantes Eumeninae Mud Nests and Potter Wasps Orchid Dupe Wasp Paralastor (Potter Wasp) Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides Sceliphron laetum Thynnid Flower Wasps Velvet Ant Family (Tribe Dasymutillini) Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris radula) Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris tasmaniensis)

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