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The Hairy Flower Wasps (also known as Scoliid Wasps), are from the family Scoliidae with approximately 560 species world wide and some 300 known species in Australia.

The Hairy Flower Wasps include species commonly named Black Flower Wasp, Blue Flower Wasp, Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp, and not to be confused with the Thynnidae Wasps (also known as the Smooth Flower Wasp). These Scoliid Wasps are a large group of solitary wasps.

Blue Hairy Flower Wasp (family Scoliidae, genus Austroscolia), Alice Springs NT
Blue Hairy Flower Wasp (family Scoliidae, genus Austroscolia), Alice Springs NT

The male Hairy Flower Wasps tend to be more slender than the female wasps and have slightly longer antennae. The female Hairy Flower Wasps have longer legs, that aid in digging in the soil that help find beetles and grubs in which they lay eggs in. Once they find a beetle or grub, they paralyse it before laying their eggs. The adult Hairy Flower Wasps drink nectar. 

Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris radula), Alice Springs NT
Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris radula), Alice Springs NT

The Hairy Flower Wasp are usually solitary wasps, although some may be found in small groups, Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris tasmaniensis), seen below on a guava shrub.

Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris tasmaniensis)
Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris tasmaniensis), Alice Springs, NT

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  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Vespoidea
  • Family: Scoliidae
  • Genus:
    • Australelis Betrem, 1962
    • Austroscolia Betrem, 1927
    • Diliacos Saussure & Sichel, 1864
    • Laevicampsomeris Betrem, 1933
    • Laeviscolia Betrem, 1928
    • Liacos Guérin-Méneville, 1838
    • Phalerimeris Betrem, 1967
    • Pseudotrielis Betrem, 1928
    • Radumeris Betrem, 1962
    • Scolia Fabricius, 1775
    • Trisciloa Gribodo, 1893

Footnote & References

  1. Scoliidae, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/b3c9f9f6-5c66-41e2-a163-191208e5ed4d
  2. Scoliid Wasps (Family Scoliidae), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/51967-Scoliidae
  3. Hairy Flower Wasp, Backyard Buddies (An educational initiative of FNPW), https://backyardbuddies.org.au/backyard-buddies/hairy-flower-wasp/
  4. Hairy Flower Wasp – Scoliidae – Campsomeris sp., 3 January 2012, Esperance Fauna, http://esperancewildlife.blogspot.com/2012/01/hairy-flower-wasp-scoliidae-campsomeris.html
  5. Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp (Radumeris tasmaniensis), Ellura – Ants, Bees, Flies & Wasps, https://www.ellura.info/Insect/Wasp/DSC00736E-Yellow-Hairy-Flower-Wasp-Radumeris-tasmaniensis.html

WaspsAustralian Large Wasps Australian Mud Nest Wasps Mud Wasp Abispa ephippium Aulacidae Australodynerus Bembicinae Bembix Blue Hairy Flower Wasp Chrysididae Cryptocheilus bicolor (Orange Spider Wasp) Delta latreillei (Potter Wasp) Eumeninae Ferreola handschini (Orange-collared Spider Wasp) Flower Wasps Gasteruptiid Wasp Hairy Flower Wasps Isodontia (Grass-carrying Wasp) Lissopimpla excelsa (Orchid Dupe Wasp) Mutillidae Paralastor sp. Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides Radumeris radula (Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp) Radumeris tasmaniensis (Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp) Sceliphron laetum Thynnid Wasps Tiphiidae Yellow and Black Wasp

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