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Sand Wasps

Sand wasps are small with the distinctive black and yellow-white colouring and often hunt for pesky flies and mosquitos around the garden.

Wasps Bushland Frog Ponds Heathland Urban Pollinators

Noongar Names: Not known

Scientific Name: Bembix spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss

Will they visit?: Sand Wasps frequently visit home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Small burrows in loose sand

Diet: Flying insects and nectar

Water: Shallow bird baths

ReWild Benefit: Pest control and pollination

ReWild Benefits

Sand wasps are not aggressive and opt to retreat to the safety of their nest, but will sting if handled. Native wasps are critical in sustaining local biodiversity as they can pollinate a greater variety of native plants compared to honeybees. Similarly, they prey on pest species such as flies. If you see this wasp in your garden, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia.

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