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Sand or digger wasp (Crabronidae & Sphecidae)Sphex cognata

Black Digger Wasp at Red Hill Nature Reserve

Sphex cognata at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Feb 2018

Identification history

Sand or digger wasp (Crabronidae & Sphecidae) Sphex cognata 17 Mar 2018 MichaelMulvaney
Sand or digger wasp (Crabronidae & Sphecidae) Sphex cognata 16 Mar 2018 michael.batley
Bee (Hymenoptera, Apiformes) Lipotriches sp. (genus) 23 Feb 2018 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 21 Feb 2018 JackyF

Author's notes

wasp-like insect about 12mm, prominent black and creamy stripes

3 comments

michaelb wrote:
   18 Mar 2018
Spelling corrected to Sphex cognata.
We have sightings of Sphex species which have considerably better photos than this one. See
https://canberra.naturemapr.org/Community/Species/21678
Would you be able to ID some of them for us?
   18 Mar 2018
Most of the images I looked at seemed to be S. cognatus, but another possibility is S. vestitus. Somebody more familiar with wasps than I am may be able to do better using Dörfel and Ohl 2015 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4591716/pdf/zookeys-521-001.pdf). The gender of Sphex is male, so the specific part of the name should end in -us if it is an adjective.
michaelb wrote:
   18 Mar 2018
Thanks Michael
Re the spelling, I should have said we align our names with ALA because we export our data to them, and they have Sphex cognata:
https://bie.ala.org.au/species/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.taxon:115dba46-0725-4c43-b1a9-826353ec5a20

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Accipiter cirrocephalus (Collared Sparrowhawk) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 4 Oct 2019
Bulbine bulbosa (Golden Lily) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Oct 2019
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Accipiter fasciatus (Brown Goshawk) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Sep 2019
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Sep 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Sep 2019
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Scopula rubraria (Reddish Wave) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 18 Sep 2019
Dodonaea viscosa (Hop Bush) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 18 Sep 2019
Pogona barbata (Eastern Bearded Dragon) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 18 Sep 2019
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Sep 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 Sep 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 Sep 2019
Accipiter fasciatus (Brown Goshawk) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 12 Sep 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Sep 2019
Lehtinelagia sp. (genus) (Flower Spider or Crab Spider) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 1 Sep 2019
Eolophus roseicapillus (Galah) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Aug 2019
Cacatua galerita (Sulphur-crested Cockatoo) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Aug 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 23 Aug 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Aug 2019
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Aug 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 1 Aug 2019
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Jul 2019
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Jul 2019
Melichrus urceolatus (Urn heath) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 28 Jul 2019
Isodontia sp. (genus) (Unidentified Grass-carrying wasp) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 28 Jul 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 28 Jul 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Jul 2019
Petroica rosea (Rose Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Jul 2019
Isodontia sp. (genus) (Unidentified Grass-carrying wasp) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Jul 2019
Perenniporia ochroleuca at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Jul 2019
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 20 Jul 2019
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 20 Jul 2019
Pardalotus striatus (Striated Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 20 Jul 2019
Pardalotus striatus (Striated Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Jul 2019
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Jul 2019
Pyrrholaemus sagittata (Speckled Warbler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Jul 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Jul 2019
zz agaric (stem; gills not white/cream) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 4 Jul 2019
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 2 Jul 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Jun 2019
Coprinus comatus (Shaggy Ink Cap) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Jun 2019
Laccaria sp. (A white-spored mycrorhizal mushroom) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 12 Jun 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 12 Jun 2019
Acanthiza chrysorrhoa (Yellow-rumped Thornbill) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 8 Jun 2019
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 May 2019
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 May 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 May 2019
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 26 May 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 May 2019
Melichrus urceolatus (Urn heath) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 May 2019
Laccaria sp. (A white-spored mycrorhizal mushroom) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Apr 2019
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Apr 2019
Xerochrysum viscosum (Sticky everlasting) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Apr 2019
Eriophora sp. (genus) (Garden orb weaver) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Apr 2019
Tasmanicosa sp. (genus) (Unidentified Tasmanicosa wolf spider) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Apr 2019
Lycosidae sp. (family) (Unidentified wolf spider) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Apr 2019
Platycercus eximius (Eastern Rosella) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 29 Mar 2019
Calotis lappulacea (Yellow burr daisy) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Mar 2019
Iridomyrmex purpureus (Meat Ant) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Mar 2019
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Mar 2019
Hyalarcta huebneri (Leafy Case Moth) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Mar 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Mar 2019
Glycine clandestina (Twining glycine) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Mar 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Mar 2019
Tachinidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Bristle fly) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Mar 2019
Papilio anactus (Dainty Swallowtail) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 19 Mar 2019
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Myiagra rubecula (Leaden Flycatcher) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Anthela varia (Varied anthelid) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Lasiocampidae sp. (family) (Snout moth) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Zanda funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 Mar 2019
Lepidoscia arctiella (Tower Case Moth) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 Mar 2019
Rhipidura fuliginosa (Grey Fantail) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Mar 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Mar 2019
Rhipidura rufifrons (Rufous Fantail) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Mar 2019

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