- This page contains pictures and information about Hairy Flower Wasps in family
Scoliidae that we
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Most members in this family are large wasps. All of them are solitary
both male and female are winged. They are mostly yellow, orange or
- The larvae are ectoparasitoids of the grubs of
beetles, usually Scarab
Beetles, but rarely Weevils.
The females burrow extensively in the soil to locate host grubs. They seems to
often utilize the burrows made by the grubs themselves. The females then paralyze
the grub and lay eggs on it. Pupation occurs within the cell occupied by the
host. Adults feed on flowers.
- All Australian species are in subfamily Scoliinae.
- Blue Hairy Flower Wasp
- Scolia soror (Discolia soror ), body length 30mm
- This Blue Flower wasp is shiny dark blue in colour. Its wings are tinted in
dark blue colour as well. When flying under sunlight, it reflect the bright
blue light. We sometime see them flying and walking among shrubs searching for
prey. Please check this page for more
- Yellow Hairy Flower Wasp
- Campsomeris tasmaniensis, male, body length 30mm
- There were a number (more than 10 at a time) of Hairy Flower Wasps flying
around in our backyard from May to June 2007. They were flying very close on
the lawn and following a circular figure 8 course. We suspected that there could be the females emerging from
the ground and the males just waiting for the mating chance there. Detail
story can be found in this page.
- White Hairy Flower Wasp
- ? Campsomeris sp., body length 15mm
- We found this broken wing male Flower Wasp in Daisy Hill near Buhot Creek
on Dec 2008. Please check this page
for more information.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 978.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p294.
- 3. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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