Order Hymenoptera, Family Ichneumonidae
- This page contains pictures and information about Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Anomaloninae
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Anomalonine wasps are from small to very large in size. They are usually
with black and red colours. Females are with ovipositor relatively short. They
are parasites of tenebrionid
beetle larvae or external parasites of moth
- Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Anomaloninae can be distinguished with the
- - usually black and red in colours,
- - clypeus convex and often not separated from face by
- - on the forewing with the areolet absent,
- - ovipositor is short,
- Two-toned Caterpillar Parasite Wasp
- Heteropelma scaposum, body length 20mm
- This wasp was get caught by a spider web (first picture). Some other wasps of the same
species were wandering near by (second picture). We believe they were searching for caterpillars
as the parasite host for their young. This wasp is common in Brisbane garden. They are often found
flying around low bushes about one meter above ground. More information and
pictures can be find here.
- Red Caterpillar Parasite Wasp
- ? sp., body length 15mm
- The wasp is reddish-brown in colour with brightly yellow legs. Face is
yellow in colour. We found two Red Caterpillar Parasite Wasps
flying around and checking on leaves. Pictures were taken on Sep 2012 in
Anstead Forest. Please check this page
for more information.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 943.
- 2. An introduction to the Ichneumonidae of Australia - Gauld, I.D. 1984,
- 3. Parasitoids: Natural enemies of helicoverpa
- Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2005.
- 4. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 5. Wasps - family Ichneumonidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan.
- 6. What
wasp is that? - An interactive identification guide to the
Australasian families of Hymenoptera, 2007.
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