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 What wasp is that? - An interactive identification guide to the Australasian families of Hymenoptera

The Hymenoptera (ants, bees, sawflies and wasps) are one of the ‘mega-diverse’ insect orders. Species occur ubiquitously from forests and woodlands to grasslands and wetlands, freshwater and intertidal zones to urban parks and gardens. Arguably, no other insect group plays such key roles in the functioning of ecosystems.

Wasps regulate insect populations though predation and parasitism, bees are among the most important pollinators of flowering plants, and ants dominate many terrestrial landscapes where they are involved with vital ecological processes such as predation, seed dispersal and soil health. What wasp is that? contains a Lucid key to the 67 families of Australasian Hymenoptera and comprehensive information on the biology, morphology, and classification of the group. The numerical and ecological diversity of Hymenoptera make them an ideal study organism.

As such, What wasp is that? will be a valuable tool for students, researchers, biological control practitioners, those involved in ecological surveys and monitoring, or simply anyone with an interest in a unique and important, yet often unnoticed, component of our native biodiversity.

The Lucid™ Player provides an easy-to-use interface, with comprehensive fact-sheets, diagnostic features and numerous photographs.


N.B. Stevens, C.J. Stephens, Muhammad Iqbal, J.T. Jennings, J. LaSalle & A.D. Austin

Published by

Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), and

Centre for Biological Information Technology,
The University of Queensland,
Queensland 4072,


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