Brown Braconid Wasp
Dull Black Braconid Wasp


Family Doryctinae - Braconid Wasps

Order Hymenoptera, Family Braconidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Braconid Wasps in subfamily Doryctinae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Most Wasps in subfamily Doryctinae are ectoparasitic on larvae of wood-boring and bark-mining Coleoptera. Some are parasitic on moth or sawfly larvae. There are the reduced wing species in this subfamily. 
Braconid Wasps in subfamily Doryctinae can be distinguished with the followings characteristic;
    - fore tibia with longitudinal row of pegs or spines,
    - large head on slender elongate body,
    - occipital carina present,
    - female with extended ovipositor,  

White Flank Black Braconid Wasp
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Syngaster lepidus, body length 10mm
This species look very similar to the above two species. We distinguished them by the white episternum and red abdomen tip of this species. Please check this page for more information.
Brown Braconid Wasp
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? Spathius sp., body length 15mm
Pictures taken on Nov 2007 in Karawatha Forest. Please check this page for more information.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p948.
2. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009,
3. Family BRACONIDAE - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study. 
4. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p269. 
5. Subfamily Doryctinae - Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory. 

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