Sighting

Dianne Clarke 26 Nov 2013

unid native bee

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Sighted 27 Oct 2013
Larapinta Drive, Watarrka National Park, Petermann NT 0872, Australia

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  • Bernhard Jacobi 28 November 2013
    Tiphiidae
    (family)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae
    Bernhard Jacobi says

    Hi Dianne, this is a male Flower Wasp. We have seen many different species in CA and the are as fond of getting nectar from Gum flowers as are many bees. They may look similar to bees but are slenderer and smaller headed than most. A closer look at the hind basitarsi (narrow as opposed to broadened in bees) will tell the difference, though. Thanks Bernhard, I did wonder if it was a wasp tricking me

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