Order Hymenoptera, Family Ichneumonidae
- This page contains pictures and information about Banded-abdomen Ichneumon Wasps in
subfamily Pimplinae that we
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Pimplinae are usually coloured with red, yellow or
black colours. They are from small to very large in size. Pimplines
attack a wide range of insect larvae and pupae, and some attacks spider egg
sacs. Prior to laying eggs, the female wasps often paralyse or kill their host
by injecting venom with the ovipositor.
- Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Pimplinae can be distinguished with the
- - on the forewing usually with the diamond-shaped
- - forewing with two bullae (unpigmented area of vein)
- - clypeus separated from face by groove,
- Yellow-banded Ichneumon Wasp
- Echthromorpha agrestoria, tribe Pimplini, male and female, body length 22mm
- This is quite a large Ichneumon wasp. We found the male and female flying
on vegetations in someone's front yard during a sunny day in mid winter. They
both have the typical wasp colour pattern and with very long antenna. Notice
the female have the long and strong ovipositor at the tip of her abdomen. More information please also visit this page.
- Yellow Ichneumon Wasp
- Xanthopimpla sp., tribe Pimplini, male and female, body length 15mm
- Found this small Ichneumon Wasp hiding under grass during a raining day.
Pictures were taken on Apr 2011 near the White Rock in Ipswich. Please check
this page for more information.
- Orchid Dupe Wasp
- Lissopimpla excelsa, tribe Pimplini, body length 20mm, male, female
- Pictures were taken in Daisy Hills near Buhot Creek on Apr 2008. Please
check this page for more information.
- Case Moth Larvae Parasite Wasp
- Sericopimpla australis or S.
crenator, tribe Ephialtini, body length 20mm
- 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 it was useless to prevent the attack from the wasp. We saw
the caterpillar head come out a few times try to get rid of the wasp but no use
either. The wasp kept punching with her long ovipositor into the case bag for
over half an hour. Please visit 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.
- 7. The Pimplinae,
Xoridinae, Acaenitinae and Lycorininae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) of Australia
- I D Gauld, Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) Entomology 49(4): 235-339 (1984).
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