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Black Tip Band-winged Braconid Wasp - lphiaulax danielsi

Family BRACONIDAE

This page contains pictures and information about Black Tip Band-winged Braconid Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 15mm, female
 
This wasp is orange in colour with black head and black antenna. Its legs are orange. Its wings are also tinted with orange with boldly black bands, pterostigma in orange-yellow colour. The abdomen tip of this wasp is black in colour.  
 
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We sometimes found this Orange Braconid Wasp examining under bark on tree trunk. Picture was taken in Botanic Garden on March 2009. 
 
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The wasp was found on Sep 2011 in Karawatha Forest. It was resting under leaf. This species is believed the parasitise of Longicorn Beetle larvae.
 
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The genus lphiaulax comprise medium to large size Braconid Wasps. They are bright coloured insects with smooth hairless head and body. Most of them are idiobiont ectoparasitoids of Longicorn Beetle larvae. Some other parasitise Moth caterpillars.
 
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Reference:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 945.
2. A revision of the Australian species of Iphiaulax Foerster and Chaoilta Cameron (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Braconidae) - Quicke, D. L. J., 1991. Records of the Australian Museum 43(1): 6384. [22 March 1991].
3. Braconine wasps of Australia - Quicke, D.L.J., Ingram, S.M. (1993), Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 33 (1): 299-336.

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