BembixBembix vespiformis

— see also Bembicinae

The Bembix genus is a large cosmopolitan of medium to large, sometimes brightly coloured predatory sand wasps. Current recorded observations on iNaturalist, show the biggest concentration of Bembix genera along the coastal regions, especially in the south (particularly in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and south-west Western Australia). Bembix wasps are found throughout Australia, including the arid regions of Central Australia. At time of writing, iNaturalist had 142 named species from around the world, there being many unidentified species.

The following images of a sand wasp photographed in Alice Springs, Central Australia. It is thought to belong to the genus Bembix. We are awaiting confirmation on the ID as being species Bembix palmata.

Genus Bembix belongs to the subfamily Bembicinae comprising a large group of crabronid wasps that includes a worldwide distribution of over 80 genera and over 1,800 species.

There are thought to be around 380 species of the genus Bembix.

Check out our Alice Springs Wasps > Bembix.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Apoidea
  • Informal: Spheciformes
  • Family: Crabronidae
  • Subfamily: Bembicinae
  • Genus: Bembix
  • Species: Bembix palmata

Footnote & References

  1. Bembix palmata Smith, 1856, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:cbd22f8d-d248-4c82-a16a-2764584e56a0
  2. Yellow Sand Wasp – Bembix palmata, Brisbane Insects and Spiders, https://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_apoidwasps/SandWasp.htm

BembixBembix vespiformis

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