This page contains pictures and information about Case Moth Larvae Parasite
Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length
- In early spring we found this Ichneumon Wasp attacking a case moth
caterpillar on a Acacia tree. Although the caterpillar was protected by its
case bag, it seemed the bag was not effective to prevent the caterpillar from attacked
by the wasp. We saw
the caterpillar head come out a few times trying to get rid of the wasp but not
effective either. The wasp kept punching with her long ovipositor into the case bag for
over half an hour.
- Sericopimpla sp. Parasite
Wasps sting case moth larvae to death then lay an egg attached
to the inside of the bag. The egg hatches in a few days and larva feeds
- This ichneumon wasp species could be the Sericopimpla australis or S.
crenator in subfamily Pimplinae. Please check the Ichneumon Wasps
page for general information about this wasp.
- Reference and Link:
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 944.
- 2. An introduction to the Ichneumonidae of Australia - Gauld, I.D. 1984,
British Museum, p52, p68.
- 3. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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