Family Tiphiidae (Flower Wasps)

The Flower Wasp adults feed on nectar, but their eggs are laid on mainly  beetle larvae which then provide food for the the wasp larvae.  Most Australian female flower wasps are wingless.   After they emerge from burrows they crawl up grass blades and exude pheromones which attract males.  The male and female then mate, with the male carrying her as he flies around.

Composed of six Australian subfamilies.

Subfamily Anthoboscinae

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Subfamily Diamminae (Blue “Ants”)

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Subfamily Rhagigasterinae


Subfamily Thynninae

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Subfamily Tiphiinae
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Subfamily Myzininae
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Pending ID – Tiphiidae


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Brown, G. R. 2001. Status of the Ariphron generic group (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae): a critical review. Australian Journal of Entomology 40: 23-40.

CSIRO, 2012. Australian Insect Families, viewed 27 May 2012, <>.

Daley, E. 2007. Wings an introduction to Tasmania’s winged insects. Riffles Pty Ltd, Buckland Tasmania.Kimsey, L. S. 2004. Illustrated keys to males of the genera of wasps in the subfamily Thynninae (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 106: 571-585.

Semmens, T. D., McQuillan, P. B., & Hayhurst G. 1992. Catalogue of the Insects of Tasmania. Department of Primary Industry Tasmania.

Turner, R. E. 1915. Notes on fossorial Hymenoptera. XVI. On the Thynnidae, Scoliidae and Crabronidae of Tasmania. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 8 15: 537-559.