Brown Braconid Wasp
Dull Black Braconid Wasp


Family Aphidinae - Braconid Wasps

Order Hymenoptera, Family Braconidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Braconid Wasps in subfamily Aphidinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Wasps in this Subfamily are very small, about 1mm in body length. The larvae are internal parasites of aphids, pupate inside the host.

Aphid Parasitic Wasp
Aphidius or Trioxys sp., body length 2mm
Aphid Parasitic Wasps are the very small wasps. They can be found amongst the aphids colony, although they may not been seen easily. The first picture shows a wasp laying egg into a aphid body. The second picture shows the aphids colony, some of the aphids population are dull brown in colour, which are parasitised by the wasp. More information and pictures can be found in this page.

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: August 19, 2012.