This page contains pictures and information about Digger Wasps in subfamily Sphecinae
that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Wasps in subfamily Sphecinae are usually black in colour, from medium to large
size. They have the abdomen link with thorax with very slender cylindrical
stalk-like petiole, i.e. the thread-waist. They predatory on Orthoptera,
including grasshoppers and katydids.
Females build nest for their young by digging long tunnel in sandy
- Sphex is the largest genus in Family Sphecidae. The forewing second
sub-marginal cell is about a square, length equal to width, with long oblique
spiracular groove on propodeum. Some species have attractive golden
- Black Digger Wasp
- Sphex cognatus, body length 25mm
- This wasp is black in colour. Female burrow in ground and prey on crickets and
grasshoppers for their young. It builds its nest on the sandy shore of a
creek. More pictures and information please visit this page.
- Golden Digger Wasp
- Sphex ermineus, body length 20mm
- We found this wasp in Karawatha Forest during late summer. It was
hopping and searching on the forest floor. Its wings, thorax and head was in golden
colour with a black body. Its legs were strong and was running fast. Please
also check this page for more information.
- White-waisted Digger Wasp
- Sphex sp., body length 25mm
- We found this wasp on Dec 2009 in Daisy Hills near Buhot Creek. It was
building a nest on the sandy ground with small rocks. The nest was only it
body size in deep so it must be a newly build nest. To find out more details
please visit this page.
- Steel-black Digger Wasp
- Isodontia sp, body length 20mm
- This wasp is medium size, black in colour with black tinted wings. It was hunting on the fallen rod. We found this wasp in Karawatha Forest during later summer Feb 2008. Please
check this page for more infomation.
- Giant Thread-waisted Wasp
- Prionyx globosus, body length 25-30mm
- This is a large wasp with steel black colour. Its wings were tinted in
black colour too. We believed it is a Sphecinae wasp because its long and narrow
petiole. We sometimes found this wasp flied pass us when we were bushwalking
in Brisbane's eucalypt forests. Please check this page
for more pictures and information.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 991.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p297.
- 3. What wasp is that? - An interactive identification guide to the Australasian families of Hymenoptera, 2007.
- 4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 5. Family SPHECIDAE Mud-daubers, Sand
Wasps - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources
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