What bug is this?

johnboy 31 January 2011 4


In our increasingly popular exploration of Canberra’s insects braddonboy has sent in this beauty which he suspects is a sawfly but we await the verdict of the hivemind.

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4 Responses to What bug is this?
Thumper Thumper 7:41 pm 31 Jan 11

Peruvian nose wasp.

Well known in Peru, obviously, where they make their nests in the noses of sleeping sheep herders.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:47 pm 31 Jan 11

bitzermaloney said :

Definately a European Wasp.

Vespula Germanica

Thorax, wrong shape, not hairy.
Abdomen, wrong shape, not hairy.
Wings, wrong shape, wrong colouring.
Legs, wrong colour.

IE: Not a European wasp (vespula germanica).

Stop trying to panic people.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:03 pm 31 Jan 11

It looks like a sawfly, I’m going to guess at Lophyrotoma zonalis? (ie: Melaleuca\Paperbark Sawfly)
I thought they only lived in QLD, Northern NSW, and parts of Victoria though. 😐

bitzermaloney bitzermaloney 12:48 pm 31 Jan 11

Definately a European Wasp.

braddonboy has a problem.

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