Orchid Dupe Wasp 


Subfamily Anomaloninae - Two-toned Ichneumon Wasps

Order Hymenoptera, Family Ichneumonidae  

This page contains pictures and information about Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Anomaloninae that we 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 caterpillars.
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Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Anomaloninae can be distinguished with the followings characteristic;
    - usually black and red in colours,
    - clypeus convex and often not separated from face by groove, 
    - on the forewing with the areolet absent, 
    - ovipositor is short,

Two-toned Caterpillar Parasite Wasp
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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
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? 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, British Museum.
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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Last updated: September 16, 2012.