Belonging to the species Pseudabispa bicolor, genus Pseudabispa is this Australian potter wasp, Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides. It is one of 4 subspecies.

Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides, Alice Springs, NT
Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides (Potter Wasp), Alice Springs, NT

A smallish potter wasp, this sub-species appear to have the distinct two colours of black and orange. Two-thirds of the antennae is black, orange, black, orange abdomen, and tinted black wings.

There are currently 5 species of the genus Pseudabispa, that include:

  • Pseudabispa abispoides
  • Pseudabispa bicolor
  • Pseudabispa confusa
  • Pseudabispa ephippioides
  • Pseudabispa paragioides

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Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides (Potter Wasp), Alice Springs, NT
Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides (Potter Wasp), Alice Springs, NT

Many thanks to the members of iNaturalistAU for helping to ID this species.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Vespoidea
  • Family: Vespidae
  • Subfamily: Eumeninae
  • Genus: Pseudabispa
  • Species: Pseudabispa bicolor
  • Subspecies: Pseudabispa bicolor infrasp. nigrocinctoides
Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides (Potter Wasp), Alice Springs, NT
Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides (Potter Wasp), Alice Springs, NT

Footnote & References

  1. Pseudabispa bicolor nigrocinctoides, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:c5c7498c-fb9e-43b1-9b37-6ee881480ff1#overview
  2. Pseudabispa bicolor, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/638068-Pseudabispa-bicolor
  3. Pseudabispa bicolor ssp. nigrocinctoides, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/1361936-Pseudabispa-bicolor-nigrocinctoides

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