Australian Native Wasps
Australian native wasps are a diverse group of insects that are commonly found throughout the country. They belong to the Hymenoptera order and have been present in Australia for millions of years. Native wasps play an important role in the ecosystem by serving as predators, parasites and pollinators.x
- Australian native wasps come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they typically have slender, elongated bodies and long, thin legs.
- They are usually black or brown in colour, with some species having distinctive yellow or orange markings on their abdomen.
- Some wasps have transparent wings, while others have opaque wings that are either black or brown.
- The appearance of the wasp can vary depending on the species, but many have a distinctive pattern of stripes or dots on their thorax and abdomen.
- Some species have a metallic shine or iridescent appearance, while others have a matte finish.
- The head of the wasp is usually large, with large eyes and large, powerful mandibles.
- The antennae are also long and thin and are often used to sense the environment and locate prey.
- The female wasp will lay her eggs on or in the body of a host insect, such as a caterpillar or a beetle.
- Once the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the host insect and grow. The larvae go through several molts until they reach maturity.
- The larvae then form a pupa, which is a stage of rest and transformation. During this time, the pupa transforms into an adult wasp.
- Once the transformation is complete, the adult wasp emerges from the pupa and begins to mate and lay eggs.
- Female wasps mate with males and lay eggs on or in a host insect. The cycle begins again.
- Most native wasps in Australia construct their nests using mud or other materials found in their natural habitat. These nests can be found attached to trees, walls, or any other sturdy surface.
- Unlike social wasps, most Australian native wasps are solitary creatures, meaning they do not form colonies or live in large communities.
- Wasps are known to be fiercely defensive of their nests and will attack any perceived threat, including humans.
- They are attracted to the nectar and pollen of flowers, and in the process, they transfer pollen from one flower to another, helping to fertilize plants.
- Wasps are active throughout the year, but their activity levels vary depending on the season. Some species become more active during the warmer months, while others are more active during the cooler months.