- This page contains pictures and information about the Chalcid Wasps in Family
Chalcididae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- All wasps in family Chalcididae are parasitic. They are small to medium size wasps. Most attack
larvae and pupae of moths,
butterflies and flies. Some parasite other wasps or beetles.
- Chalcid Wasps are easily recognizable by their greatly swollen hind femora
and bent hind tibiae. They are usually dark colours and non-metallic,
some with yellow or red colour legs. They are usually strongly punctate.
- Jezabel Parasitoid
- Brachymeria aurea, body length 10mm
- We found two Black Jezabel Butterfly
pupas in late summer. We brought them home and see if we were able to see the
butterflies come out. Two weeks later, the pupas became darker in colour. We
knew it was not a good sign. This might indicate that the pupas were parasite
by wasp or fly. Then two days later, we saw a Chalcid Wasp came out from one of
the pupas. More information and pictures please visit this page.
- Yellow-legged Chalcid
- Brachymeria ovata, body length 5mm
- We found the moth pupa in a front yard during early summer. We brought it
home and waited to see what kind of moth it would be. However we end up saw a
small wasp came out from the Pupa. This wasp is shiny black in colour with yellow legs. Its wings are dark in
colour. Its hind legs are enlarged. Its black antenna are short and elbowed.
This wasp is known parasite on pupae from many species include butterfly,
moth, wasp, and Tachinidae that parasitizing moth. More pictures information
can be found un this page.
- Brown Chalcid Wasp
- ? Proconura sp. body length 10mm
- Pictures were taken on May 2007 in our backyard in Eight Mile Plains.
Please check this page for more
- Red-legged Chalcid Wasp
- ? Proconura
sp., female, body length 6mm
- Above pictures were taken in Yimbin Park on July 2009. Please check
this page for more information.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 960.
- 2. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009,
- 3. What
wasp is that? - An interactive identification guide to the
Australasian families of Hymenoptera, 2007.
- 4. Family
BRACONIDAE - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological
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