Friday, January 08, 2010
Australian Hornet Abispa ephippium
I simply love these things. Just found out about them accidentally ( but I'm glad I did ) while researching Ropalidia wasps which came up in discussion on VL.
I found some rather substantial info on them which ironically was exactly what I was looking for because Wikipedia wasn't much of a help.
It's rather long and I haven't gotten a chance to read the whole thing but I will eventually.....
.....just not now as I have a headache and am tired and need to get to bed. XD
Abispa ephippium goes by alot of names and it's not a hornet but a member of Vespidae: Eumeninae or "Potter Wasps". You'll see when you read it. It is long I tell you but interesting indeed. Makes me happy! =)
So without further ado and delay due to my rambling here: Clicky! There are other species of Abispa mentioned in the article that I'm going to look up along with a parasitic wasps that preys on the poor pretty things.
I'll get back to you on those. And when I have more time ( like tomorrow ) I'll read it properly and tell you what I thought of it.
It's basically a recording of an observation on the species behavior. Very interesting.