- Oct 15, 2016
Looks more like a bee. I'll have a Google.Found this guy buried upside down, under some debris, in the sand, on the beach of Misrata, Libya. I saw the dark underside and thought it was just a darkling beetle, but boy am I glad that I didn't dig it out with my hand.
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Scoliids are primarily scarab-larvae feeders, but this may or may not apply to African species in Scoliidae. Try offering a possible host that it may use, because Bembicinae are known to supply their young with food but Scoliidae will leave their larvae alone. The pictures do show more resemblance to a member of Scoliidae than a member of Bembicinae, so it would make sense that it is a Scoliid.I think Scoliidae is the right direction, but narrowing it further would be difficult for me. The way the wasp looks resembles the other wasps in Scoliidae I can see on Google. Pimelia larva are everywhere, if you are willing to dig for them, so I could definitely see there being a wasp species taking advantage of those.