White-collared Flower Wasp
- Tachyphron armidalensis
This page contains pictures and information about White-collared Flower Wasps that
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length winged male 15mm, wingless female 10mm
- The winged male is black in colour with a broken white line on prothorax.
The wingless female is dark brown in colours.
- The female wasps, as the male wasps, are feed on
nectar and have to visit flowers. Wingless is a big disadvantage. Flower Wasps
a mating behaviour which the males help the females on feeding. Their mating time is very
long. It is common to see a male Flower Wasp carrying a wingless female, with
tail to tail attached, flying between flowers. The transportation is part of
the mating procedures.
- Pictures taken on Dec 2009 in Anstead Forest.
- 1. Tachyphron aculeatus
- - Insects of Townsville, Australia, Graeme Cocks, 2004.
- 2. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 3. Tachyphron, a New Genus of Australian Thynninae (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae) - G. R. BROWN, J.
Aust. ent. SOC., 1995, 34: 241-246.
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