FAMILY SCOLIIDAE - Hairy Flower Wasps

Most member in this family are large wasps. They are solitary insect, both male and female are winged. All Australian species are in subfamily Scoliinae.


 
Blue Flower Wasp, Hairy Flower Wasp
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Scolia soror (Discolia soror ), body length 30mm
This Blue Flower wasp is shiny dark blue in colour. Its wings are tinted in dark blue colour as well. When flying under sunlight, it reflect the bright blue light. We sometime see them flying and walking among shrubs searching for prey. They lay eggs on scarab beetle grubs in the soil.
Reference:
1. Hairy Flower Wasp Scolia soror - Information Sheet, Museum Victoria, 2001 
 

Reference:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 978.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p294. 

 
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