Orchid Dupe Wasp 


Red Ichneumon Wasp - Paraphylax anax


This page contains pictures and information about Red Ichneumon Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length  20mm, female                                                   
This wasp is reddish-brown in colours with white patterns. From its white-banded antenna, we believed it is in the Phygadeuontinae subfamily. Then we identified its ID by the forewing vein patterns. 
The wasps has black and white marks on face. The abdomen is red in colour. Fore and mid legs are orange with white coxae. Hind legs are reddish-brown, femur and tibia are black near the joints, tarsus are white. Wings are hyaline with patches. On forewing the areolet is absent. The ovipositor is straight and medium long. 
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The body colours are quite different with other members in the Phygadeuontinae subfamily. 
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We found this wasp once when it was searching on tree trunk. The wasp uses its antenna to check every crack on barks. 
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Pictures taken in Daisy Hill near Buhot Creek, Dec 2008. 
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 126.
2. Wasps - family Ichneumonidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan. 

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