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Wasp of some kind?

Observed: 29th September 2009 By: jccurdjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebratesjccurd’s reputation in Invertebrates
IMG 3748
Description:

Southern France (again). Very slender front to the abdomen. As far as memory serves, this was about 1.5 cms long in a wooded campsite by a lake on farm land.

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norwegica's picture

Potter wasp (Hym.: Vespidae; Eumeninae)

I'm not familiar with the French fauna but it's certainly a Eumenid (potter wasp), and at a guess something like Eumenes pomiformis.

Urophora's picture

I had second thoughts in that

I had second thoughts in that direction, but the wing is not folded as it should be in Vespids and Eumenids. I am not now as certain as I indicated above.

norwegica's picture

Wing folding

You are right but the wings in vespids are only folded when at rest. In the picture they look like they're moving.. or being prepared for take-off etc.

jccurd's picture

Eumenes pomiformis

Thank you for this, norwegica. I've found other pictures on Eumenes pomiformis on the Internet and your identification looks spot on - the markings look right and the behaviour looks right.