The Orange-collared Spider Wasp (Ferreola handschini), belonging to the family Pompilidae is a medium size wasp, blue-black in colour and with blue-black tinted winds. It has an orange prothorax.

Spider wasps (family Pompilidae) are solitary wasps. They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitise other spider wasps. They do not form colonies to defend nests and are not aggressive.

The Orange-collared Spider Wasp (Ferreola handschini) in this video is approximately 20 mm in body length size. The video shows the wasp preparing the brood chamber before depositing its prey, a spider as food for its larvae.

The Orange-collared Spider Wasp created its nesting chamber in the ground. One it has cleaned it out and placed the spider prey in the nesting chamber with the wasp’s larvae, it then covers over the hole.

© Greg Sully

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthopoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Suborder: Apocrita
  • Super Family: Vespoidea
  • Family: Pompilidae
  • Subfamily: Pompilinae
  • Genus: Ferreola
  • Species: Ferreola handschini

Footnote & References

  1. Atlas of Living Australia: Ferreola handschini,
  2. Life in a Southern Forest: Invertebrates Gallery – Orange-collared Spider Wasp,