Subfamily Crabroninae

Composed of more than 20 Australian species.

Tribe Trypoxylini
The crabronids in this tribe are easily recognisable by the eyes being distinctly notched on the inner orbits. Female Trypoxylins prey on spiders. The species are all black to black and red.

Genus Pison


Tribe Crabronini

Generally robust crabronids with thick legs and large, cuboid-shaped heads. The inner orbits of the eyes usually strongly converging below towards the antennal insertions. Forewings with only one submarginal cell. The antennae are short, but the scape long (for crabronids), the latter being around a third of the overall length of the antennae. Tasmanian crabronins have the abdomen pedunculate (Podagritus and Rhopalium), or sessile (Williamsita). Various families of flies (eg. Tachinidae, Calliphoridae, Lauxaniidae, Therevidae, Stratiomyidae etc) are typically preyed upon within this tribe.

Genus Podagritus

Tribe Larrini

Typically the inner orbit of the eyes converge above. The outer ocelli are vestigial, being represented by variously shaped ‘scars’. The fore wing third submarginal cell extends out in a distinctive narrow shape. Jugal lobe of hind wing large (close to the length of the anal area). From biological records elsewhere, Tasmanian female Larrins (respective genus followed in parentheses) likely prey upon mole crickets (Larra), field crickets (Liris), native cockroaches (Tachysphex), and grasshoppers and Tettigoniidae (Tachytes).


Tribe Miscophini
The ocelli are normally developed, and the inner orbits of the eyes are straight or only slightly sinuate (ie not distinctly converging below or above, nor are they notched). When present, the jugal lobe of the hind wing is not large. From biological records elsewhere, Tasmanian female Miscophins (respective genus follows in parentheses) likely prey upon pentatomoid bug nymphs (Sphodrotes), field crickets and pygmy grasshoppers (Lyroda), various fly families (Sericophorus), and Psocoptera (Nitela).


Genus Sericophorus
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Pending ID  – Crabroninae
#1. Late December 2022
Very low set antennae suggest Crabronidae, Crabroninae, Crabronini, Crabronina.Poss. Rhopalum sp
Identification and information thanks to Bernhard Jacobi

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