Brown Braconid Wasp
Dull Black Braconid Wasp


Family Agathidinae - Braconid Wasps

Order Hymenoptera, Family Braconidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Braconid Wasps in subfamily Agathidinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Braconid Wasps in subfamily Agathidinae are small to medium size. They are usually orange in colour with black and orange wings. They may be mistaken as the subfamily Braconinae species, which can be distinguished by wing vein pattern. Larvae are internal parasites of moth caterpillars.
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Braconid Wasps in subfamily Agathidinae can be distinguished with the followings characteristic;
- usually orange with black and orange wings,
- forewing with distinctively narrow radial cell, marginal cell long and narrow, CuA2 absent,

Band-winged Orange Braconid Wasp
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Disophrys sp., body length 15mm
This wasp is orange in colour with black head and black antenna. Its legs are orange. Its wings are also tinted with orange with black bands. We recorded this wasp attached Tree Lucerne Moth caterpillars. Details please check this page.
Black Head Braconid Wasp
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? Bassus sp., body length 10mm
Pictures were taken on Nov 2007 in Yugarapul Park. Please check this page for more information.
Orange Braconid Wasp
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? Cremnops sp., body length 10mm 
Please check this page for more information. 

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p945.
2. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009,
3. Wasps - family Braconidae -, by Nick Monaghan.
4. Family BRACONIDAE - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 
5. What wasp is that? - An interactive identification guide to the Australasian families of Hymenoptera, 2007. 
6. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p269.  

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Last updated: September 09, 2012.