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Yesterday we went to Mount Annan Botanical Gardens. I was lucky enough to get a photo of a Blue flower wasp. These guys are speedy and I didnt have a lot of time to get a couple of shots. I have been trying for ages to get a photo of one of these guys. They are so pretty and have the most iridescent blue wings.

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Another striking visitor to our backyard in a good season is the Blue Flower Wasp. Seen here with a honey bee approaching the same flower cluster.

This looks very much like the wasp Discolia soror.

 

I think this magnificent wasp looks more ferocious than it really is as most Scoliid wasps do. I love the blue sheen on the wings as it moves around.

Blue Flower Wasp, aka (hairy flower wasp, blue flower wasp, black flower wasp, or blue hairy flower wasp) (Scolia/Discolia soror) resting on a Camellia leaf. It had been frenetically feeding on the many blossom on the Melaleuca (Ti-tree) bush about 1 metre away.

 

Black wasp, 20-25mm long, with iridescent blue wings. Legs covered in short bristles, to allow it to burrow and parasitise tree borer grubs. Male wasps are more slender and have longer antennae.

 

www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/01/01/blue-flower-wasp-australia/

www.backyardbuddies.org.au/fact-sheets/hairy-flower-wasp

www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_vespoidwasps/BlueHairyFl...

It's wonderful to see this wasp flying around in the sun as it has the most beautiful irridescent blue wings.

I first saw one of these last year in our garden and hoped one would visit this year, and yesterday was my lucky day.

Possibly a Blue Flower Wasp - Discolia verticalis . I only saw this insect once, burrowing into a potplant, and managed three not very good shots. There were too many parsley stems in the way! And despite going out on the following days in the hope of seeing it again, I never did.

Found this crazy bug floating in Mr Woofy's water bowl this morning - I've never seen anything like it before, it was about 3cm long from head to tip and I think I'm just glad that pup didn't try and eat it!

Blue Flower Wasp, aka (hairy flower wasp, blue flower wasp, black flower wasp, or blue hairy flower wasp) (Scolia/Discolia soror) resting on a Camellia leaf in my garden. It had been very busy crawling all over the Melaleuca flowers.

 

Black wasp, 20-25mm long, with iridescent blue wings. Legs covered in short bristles. Male wasps are more slender and have longer antennae.

 

www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/01/01/blue-flower-wasp-australia/

www.backyardbuddies.org.au/fact-sheets/hairy-flower-wasp

www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisbane_vespoidwasps/BlueHairyFl...

I had stopped to have a drink on my walk when this beautiful insect landed by my feet.

 

The black flower wasp, Discolia soror, is around 20-30 millimetres long and has iridescent blue wings. Its legs are covered in short bristles. Male wasps are more slender than the females and have longer antennae.

These wasps are found throughout mainland eastern Australia and are often seen in open bushland and suburban gardens.

Black flower wasps are solitary and do not make communal nests.

Adult wasps can also be seen taking nectar from flowers.

The adult females are large and powerful wasps and are designed to dig. They burrow into the soil to locate scarab grubs (from beetles such as the Christmas beetle), which they sting and lay an egg on.

When the larva emerges, it feeds on the still living scarab grub, which provides a fresh food source until the wasp larva finishes its development. The adult wasp emerges the next season.

Black flower wasps can be useful predators of scarab grubs which are pests of lawns. They also pollinate native plants.

 

Female black flower wasps can sting but rarely do, as they are not aggressive. It is not necessary to control them.

The Goldenrod is a bitter astringent and relaxant herb that reduces inflammation. However, this wasp here finds its pollen specially soothing.

 

This image is included in a gallery "Degli Insetti" curated by Grisu.

Insects visiting and feeding on Ptilotus polystachyus

 

The flowers on these plants open in the evening and early morning.

 

Toodyay-Bindi Bindi Rd, Bolgart [?]

 

Photo: Jean

 

The Goldenrod is a bitter astringent and relaxant herb that reduces inflammation. However, this wasp here finds its pollen specially soothing.

No, Scoliid Wasps don't collect nectar for their 'young', their eggs and larvae. They feed autonomously on paralized caterpillars and larvae of others. But the adults like a good sip of nectar. You can see them foraging daily in the patches of Creeping Oxeye, Wedelia trilobata that sprout up between the basalt rocks of Tanjung Mangsit just out of the reach of the briny spray of the sea.

This is pretty Orange-Headed Scolia vollenhoveni described by the Swiss mineralogist and entomologist Henri Louis Frédéric de Saussure (1829-1905) in 1859.

On waking up this morning, I had - appropriate to the name of the Wasp that I was to photograph later - thought about two great sons out of Saussure's large 'brood'. I guess being in an environment of a variety of languages had brought that on. First of René (1868-1943), an important reformer of Esperanto. And then it was clear to me how fitting the work of his elder brother Ferdinand (1857-1913), famous linguist, is to classification schemes in taxonomy. The meanings we give to the words we use with reference to things are the evolving result of interaction with other users of those words. For example, there is nothing in our flower that forces us to call it 'Wedelia'. That word - a latinisation of the name of Georg Wedel (1645-1721) - is a 'mere' eponym. Botanists have decided 'collectively' to use that word to name this plant generically. And the botanical community can make the name more specific, in this case - trilobata - based on the physical appearance of this pretty Creeping Oxeye or for other reasons.

I guess it was some kind of serendipity that led my eye this morning to light upon our Saussurian Wasp!

Thank you very much for the visit and comments. Cheers.

Testing the Nikkor 105mm f2.8 macro lens.

 

The black flower wasp, Discolia soror, is around 20-30 millimetres long and has iridescent blue wings. Its legs are covered in short bristles. Male wasps are more slender than the females and have longer antennae. These wasps are found throughout mainland eastern Australia and are often seen in open bushland and suburban gardens. Black flower wasps are solitary and do not make communal nests.

 

However, in mid to late summer, they often form small swarms flying low over areas such as: turf, shrubs and compost heaps. Adult wasps can also be seen taking nectar from flowers. The adult females are large and powerful wasps and are designed to dig. They burrow into the soil to locate scarab grubs (from beetles such as the Christmas beetle), which they sting and lay an egg on.

 

When the larva emerges, it feeds on the still living scarab grub, which provides a fresh food source until the wasp larva finishes its development. The adult wasp emerges the next season. Black flower wasps can be useful predators of scarab grubs which are pests of lawns. They also pollinate native plants. Female black flower wasps can sting but rarely do, as they are not aggressive. It is not necessary to control them. (Source: www.csiro.au )

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Blue winged wasp

 

The wings on this wasp remind me of rough water with larger deeper waves near the body that get smaller the further the distance from the body. The wings shine very blue when the light catches them in the right way.

 

Western Australian Christmas tree flowering at Christmas time were providing food to a number of insects.

 

Photo: Fred

 

Explore: Jan 17, 2014 #172

 

Obviously looking for something, and not wanting to sit still for the camera. Black flower wasp, Austroscolia soror, probably female. Como NSW Australia, February 2011.

Discolia soror, also known as the blue or black flower wasp.

The blue flower wasp is many times larger than the bee

Wamboin, NSW, Australia.

 

aka Blue Flower Wasp and Hairy Flower Wasp - probably female (males are more slender with longer antennae (thanks to Nuytsia@Tas for nailing the ID).

Discolia soror:

This Nuytsia floribunda had numerous Blue Flower Wasps feeding on the nectar of the beautiful yellow flowers.

Thanks to Gerry (*Ryn*) for the I.D.

A very interesting species of wasp. The adults feed on nectar, however the wingless female burrows into the ground and parasitises beetle larvae and mole crickets, laying her eggs on them.

I was fortunate to find this couple in nuptial bliss before they flew off to enjoy their wedding breakfast in a flower somewhere. They are important pollinators of native plants.

The females are sometimes mistaken for ants and in fact one species has the common name of 'blue ant".

www.faunanet.gov.au/wos/factfile.cfm?Fact_ID=226

She found her way into the house and we thought that both she and we might be happier if she were outside. Black flower wasp, Austroscolia soror, probably female. Como NSW Australia, February 2011.

Discolia soror. A beautiful large blue wasp that is currently feeding on the Western Australian Christmas Tree - Nuytsia floribunda. While nectar is its main source of food this wasp will also parasitise the lavae of Necter Scarab beetles.

Even at twilight her wings are a strong iridescent blue. Black flower wasp, Austroscolia soror. Como NSW Australia, February 2011.

Discolia soror:

This Nuytsia floribunda had numerous Blue Flower Wasps feeding on the nectar of the beautiful yellow flowers.

and Blue Flower Wasp,

Albany

Western Australia

Red markings presumably = danger, apparently to scarab grubs (Christmas beetle), which may be a good thing because beetles are noisy and eat grass. Supposedly not aggressive toward humans .. but not testing that theory with a macro lens .. this taken with 70-300mm zoom!

Scolia and Megachile, AFAIK. On Nuytsia, Baldivis, Perth

Black Flower Wasp (Discolia Soror, I looked it up!). They normally never sit still, but this one was just crawling around on our lawn. By the look of its tattered wings, maybe it was simply worn out.

 

Common in much of eastern NSW, these large wasps are burrowers. On warm days in summer, during their breeding season, there can be large numbers of them flying around their favourite patches of soil. They have gorgeous iridescent deep blue wings and shiny metallic-looking black bodies. My neighbour called them "blue bottles". About 3 cm long.

Yorrick identifies this as "Scoliidae, Hymenoptera" but now that I do some research I think this is the black flower wasp, Discolia soror

 

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blue flower wasp-discolia soror. Taken in cape Trib in northern queensland. love the blue wings.

blue flower wasp-discolia soror. Taken in cape Trib in northern queensland. love the blue wings.

Scolia (Discolia) verticalis

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