species: Delta arcuatum in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Delta arcuatum

©Anne Hoggett: Delta arcuatum building a nest at Lizard Island Research Station.

©Goran Nilsson: Delta arcuatum with nest at Lizard Island Research Station.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Hymenoptera
Family Vespidae
Genus Delta
Species Delta arcuatum



Distinguishing features

A large wasp with a distinctive long, thin waist, mostly black including the antennae with distinctive bright yellow markings on head, thorax and abdomen. Single individuals make rounded mud nests that have distinctive small everted entrances before they are closed.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



Id based on an iNat id of a specimen from Lizard Island as Phimenes arcuatus.

by Anne Hoggett


Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: Common. Nests are often seen in and around buildings.

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