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.


  • 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

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