TiphiidaePentazeleboria janeta Tiphiid Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae)

— related pages: Blue Hairy Flower Wasp | Flower Wasps | Hairy Flower Wasps | Thynnid Wasps

The family Tiphiidae, collectively known as Tiphiid Wasps, Flower Wasps, or Tiphiid Flower Wasps are a group of large, solitary wasps, whose larvae are parasitoids of various beetle larvae.

The Tiphiid Flower Wasp (from the family Tiphiidae) pictured here was photographed just over the Canberra border in New South Wales.

Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording
Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording
Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording
Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording
Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording
Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording

The Tiphiidae (Flower Wasps) are highly sexually dimorphic, with the males being fully winged and much larger then the female. The females are wingless and smaller.

The common name of “flower wasps” is because the males are commonly seen feeding on flowers (sometimes with the small wingless females attached to the end of their abdomen in copulation.

Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording
Male Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae), ACT/NSW © Amie Lording

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Vespoidea
  • Family: Tiphiidae
  • Subfamily:
    • Anthoboscinae
    • Diamminae
    • Methochinae
    • Myzininae
    • Thynninae

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs Male flower Wasp – Tiphiidae © Amie Lording, Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/amies.macro/
  2. Many thanks for ID to Ken Walker, member of Bee Aware of Your Native Bees (Australia), Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/beeawareofyournativebees
  3. Tiphiidae, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/3c6e3990-1ae8-4fa0-9c40-d3602bf51d0b
  4. Tiphiid Flower Wasps (Family Tiphiidae), iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/132105-Tiphiidae
  5. All Flower wasp (Scoliidae or Tiphiidae) sightings, NatureMapr, https://canberra.naturemapr.org/categories/286

TiphiidaePentazeleboria janeta Tiphiid Flower Wasp (family Tiphiidae)

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