Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ermineus  


This page contains pictures and information about Golden Digger Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 20mm
Golden Digger Wasp has the wings, thorax and head in golden-brown colour with a black body. Its legs are strong and running fast. They were usually found hunting on ground.

Hunting on ground

We found this wasp in Karawatha Forest during late summer. It was hopping and searching on the forest floor. 
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This wasp is quite common in Brisbane bushlands.
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Notice in the above last photo the wasp is carrying a grasshopper. 
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Feeding on flowers

We also sometimes found them feeding on flowers during sunny summer day.
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Notice its "tongue" for feeding on flowers. 
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1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 991.
2. Wasps - family Sphecidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan.
3. Sphecidae - Australian National Insect Collection Database, CSIRO.

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Last updated: July 03, 2012.