Beetle-killing Wasp (Tiphia femorata)

…a species of Tiphiid wasp which occurs through most of Europe, the eastern Palearctic ecozone, and North Africa. Adult T. femorata can be seen flying from June through September, feeding on the nectar and pollen of flowers. True to their common name T. femorata are noted parasitoids on beetles (Typically members of the Scarabaeidae), with females locating their larvae and injecting their eggs inside them to develop. 


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Image: Hectonichus


Wasp - Family Tiphiidae (Tiphiid Wasps) - Tiphiinae - 13mm

Caught in my sweep net.

Males (always winged) have an upcurved hook at the tip of the abdomen; female wings non-striate distally.

Food - parasitoids of subterranean beetle larvae (especially of Scarabaeoidea, Tenebrionidae, and Cicindelinae) and various bees/wasps occurring in soil or rotten wood(1) (one Australian sp. parasitise mole crickets); adults feed on nectar