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Flower wasp (Scoliidae, Tiphiidae)Catocheilus sp.

Smooth flower wasp at Barragga Bay, NSW

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Catocheilus sp. at Barragga Bay, NSW - 26 Nov 2017
Catocheilus sp. at Barragga Bay, NSW - 26 Nov 2017

Identification history

Flower wasp (Scoliidae, Tiphiidae) Catocheilus sp. 26 Nov 2017 KimPullen
Unidentified 26 Nov 2017 narelle

Author's notes

Its about 1.8 cm long

6 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   26 Nov 2017
A female. The males have fully functional wings
narelle wrote:
   26 Nov 2017
Hi Kim, Do they sting ? At first I thought "What a lovely striking bug" and went to photograph it. Then suddenly I thought it may be a European Wasp, and that I should kill it, but I couldn't see a sting . It was cleaning itself and suddenly stopped still when I came near. I was a bit scared but then it seemed to relax and start cleaning itself .again.
KimPullen wrote:
   27 Nov 2017
Yes Narelle, they do sting, although I've never heard of anyone being stung by one. Another wasp in the same family, the so-called 'Blue ant', has a notorious sting. As with all Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps), it is only the female that can sting.
narelle wrote:
   28 Nov 2017
Ahh .. Very interesting . So this one is a female, but I couldn't see a sting, ? I thought that all the bullants I see do have stings, Either they are all females or their pointy bums just look like stings. ?
KimPullen wrote:
   29 Nov 2017
The sting in all ants, bees and wasps is usually retracted inside the abdomen, and only comes out when they want to use it, either to defend themselves or to kill or paralyse a prey animal (usually another insect or a spider) to feed their offspring. In most bees and wasps, males and females look fairly similar, but smooth flower wasps (such as this Catocheilus) are exceptional in that the females are wingless. Ants are different again in that they have three 'castes' - winged fertile males, winged fertile females (queens) and wingless sterile females (workers). Normally the only ants we see are the workers; the males and virgin queens only emerge from the nest periodically (often before rain) in swarms that fly into the air, mate and disappear, the mated queens to form new colonies. Not all ants sting, bullants as we know being one kind that does.
narelle wrote:
   9 Dec 2017
Ahh. Thankyou. All very interesting.

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Nearby Sightings

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Bolete sp. (A Bolete) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 7 Mar 2018
Eudocima fullonia at Barragga Bay, NSW - 23 Feb 2018
Paroplites australis (Banksia longicorn beetle) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 23 Feb 2018
Papilio (Princeps) aegeus (Large Citrus Butterfly) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 19 Jan 2018
Papilio (Princeps) aegeus (Large Citrus Butterfly) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 16 Jan 2018
Nymphes myrmeleonoides (Blue eyes lacewing) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 3 Jan 2018
Pachydissus sp. (Pachydissus longhorn beetle) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 22 Dec 2017
Cyclochila australasiae (Greengrocer, Yellow Monday, Masked devil) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 20 Dec 2017
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 11 Dec 2017
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 9 Dec 2017
Cracticus torquatus (Grey Butcherbird) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 19 Aug 2017
Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 6 Aug 2017
Anthela repleta (Anthela repleta) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 27 Mar 2017
Orthorhinus cylindrirostris (Elephant weevil) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Amanita sp. at Barragga Bay, NSW - 20 Mar 2017
Rhipidura rufifrons (Rufous Fantail) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 17 Mar 2017
Cruria synopla at Barragga Bay, NSW - 16 Mar 2017
Acanthiza lineata (Striated Thornbill) at Barragga Bay, NSW - 15 Mar 2017

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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