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  Flower Wasp (Tiphiidae family )





Flower Wasp | Tiphiidae family  photo
Male Flower Wasp carrying wingless female. The male is brightly coloured yellow, white and black. The female is dull brown colour.

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Flower Wasp | Tiphiidae family  photo
Male and female Flower Wasp

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Flower Wasp | Tiphiidae family  photo
Flower Wasp in flowering gum

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Flower Wasp | Tiphiidae family  photo
Flower Wasp in flowering gum

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Flower Wasp | Tiphiidae family  photo
Black Flower Wasp in Leptospermum shrub

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Flower Wasp | Tiphiidae family  photo
Black Flower Wasp in Leptospermum shrub

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FLOWER WASP FACTS

Identification
Flower Wasps are parasitic wasps. Many species parasitize the larvae of burrowing beetles. The females are stout and wingless with legs adapted for digging. They are often seen with the male Flower Wasp flaying around carrying the wingless female while mating. Some species are brightly colored others are all black in colour.

Size
winged male 10mm, wingless female 6mm

Habitat
often seen flying from flower to flower on insect attracting native plants

Food
adults feed on nectar

Breeding
The female Flower Wasp burrows through the soil and lays an egg on beetle grub. When the egg hatches the wasp larva feeds on the beetle grub.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Tiphiidae
Genus:Tiphiidae family
Species:
Common Name:Flower Wasp