Cryptocheilus bicolorCommon name: Great Orange Huntsman Wasp

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Reported from throughout Australia.

Remarks: This wasp is approximately 30 millimetres long.

Great Orange Huntsman Wasps search for Huntsman Spiders during summer. The spider is subdued by a sting from the wasp. But the spider is not killed, just paralysed. The wasp then drags the spider to an already prepared burrow. The wasp lays an egg on or near the spider and, when hatched, the wasp grub has a fresh meal to eat.

We have photographed this wasp in April, November and December.

References: Atlas of Living Australia  https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:9bd25c47-2d6b-4b98-a2c1-1f14d916b6b4

Australian Museum https://australianmuseum.net.au/spider-wasps

Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

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