Metallic Brown Spider Wasp


Orange Spider Wasp III - Cryptocheilus sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Orange Spider Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 

Wasp body length 30mm 
On Oct 2011 in JC Trotter Memorial Park, we saw a pair of very large Orange Spider Wasps flying passing by. We quickly took the about photo. This Spider Wasp look a bit different with the two species above with its forewing tip slightly darken. 
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The above picture shows the wasp just came out from a hole (could be a spider hole) with empty hand. We found that they are active on early summer. They build burrow nest in soil. This Spider Wasp is a predator of Huntsman Spider and Wolf Spider
Wasp body length 30mm, just captured a Huntsmen Spider. Image thanks to John Kilford, Sydney 
Cryptocheilus sp. is the common predator of Huntsman Spiders and Wolf Spiders

1. Spider Wasps - Fact sheet, Australian Museum online, Australian Museum, 2003.
2. Cryptocheilus sp. - Spider Wasp, Hornet - Insects of Townsville, Australia - Graeme Cocks, 2004. 
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