Found in very dry conditions in very deep Pinus radiata needles under an old tree. This species reappears here for the past 4 years and is usually much larger (dryness?) This cap was about 200mm across. Top is like crushed velvet.
A large and intimidating wasp with dramatic colours which targets large spiders as prey. This one was rummaging around in Ghania (swordgrass) and refused to give me a good view of it's abdomen. I believe the abdomen can vary somewhat with the amount of black or orange banding.
This 12mm long wasp was working in a fresh tree hole (E ironbark) coming and going every 60 seconds. I blocked the hole for a minute to get some shots when she returned. Similar to other Paralastor but the main abdominal band has a distinct notch.