Pseudotrielis sp. 1Common name: Hairy Flower Wasp

Meaning of name: Unknown.

Distribution: Unknown.

Remarks: These wasps are solitary insects, without a nest. The female lays a single egg on a paralysed scarab beetle larvae, leaving it to hatch and consume the host.

The female will dig into the ground in search of scarab larvae, including mown lawns so can be found around human habitation. However, they are not aggressive and will only sting if they are interfered with.

These wasps feed on nectar and the wasp pictured was feeding on Astartea scoparia in December. It was approximately 25 millimetres long.

Associations: Astartea scoparia

References: Identification courtesy of David Knowles.

If you can help us fill in any other details please contact us.