This male "Blue Ant" wasp was of a moderate size-15 mm. It had black head, eyes, thorax and abdomen and short black antennae. The abdomen had 3 visible white markings on both dorsal and ventral aspects and perhaps a pair of small white patches at the waist. The anterior thoracic margin was also white.
Wings were tinted and the leading edges appeared black and thickened. Femurs, tibiae and tarsi were brown.
Spotted on tea-tree.
A fascinating, two-toned ichneumon wasp about 30mm long overall with a large, gasteruptid-style abdomen which was regularly pumping up and down. Nice blue eyes.
On a wall at night at the local school. Attracted by strong lights.
This parasitic wasp flew zig zag fashion in front of the post in which many native bees and wasps have nested. Then it would land near a hole and insert its antennae into the hole (bottom photos), before inserting its ovipositor to lay eggs (the 3 top photos).
This very long, slender wasp was laying eggs in the nests of other Hymenoptera. This particular wasp disappeared right inside the nest. Read the photos from the bottom. - First she inserted the ovipositor, gradually disappearing inside the hole. The other two photos were taken as she emerged from the hole.
This Cuckoo wasp was blue and was slightly larger than the green Cuckoo wasp in the next observation. The photos were taken around about the same time, of Cuckoo wasps on the fence post that has had holes drilled in it for bees and wasps to use for nest sites.
This type of Cuckoo wasp has been hanging around on this fence post for a few weeks. Other types of wasp and also, Megachile resin bees have nested in the holes drilled in this post. I guess the Cuckoo wasp would be a female, waiting the opportunity to lay her eggs in their nests.