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Banded Pupa Parasite Wasp - Leptobatopsis sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Banded Pupa Parasite Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length  20mm, female                                                   
The wasp is black in colour with white bands. The legs are reddish-brown. On the forewing there is the quadrate shaped areolet. There is a single bullae (unpigmented area of vein) in 2m-cu. There are two black marks near the forewing tip. The ovipositor is long. The antennae are not banded with write colour.
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Their larvae are internal parasitic of caterpillars and pupas of targeted host, usually Moths or Butterflies. 
Please check the Ichneumon Wasps page for more general information above this wasp.

1. An introduction to the Ichneumonidae of Australia - Gauld, I.D. 1984, British Museum, page 245.

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Last updated: August 15, 2012.