Megascolia maculata maculata

Megascolia maculata maculata

The mammoth wasp, Megascolia maculata maculata, is a very large wasp (the largest in Europe), with the female reaching up to 6 centimetres (2.4 in), whereas the male is smaller. The species can be seen in warm weather, from May to September.
M. M. maculata has red gaster apex, and the M. M. flavifrons - black.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderHymenoptera
FamilyScoliidae
GenusMegascolia
SpeciesMegascolia maculata maculata
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