Orchid Dupe Wasp 


Subfamily Ichneumoninae - Orange Ichneumon Wasps

Order Hymenoptera, Family Ichneumonidae  

This page contains pictures and information about Orange Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Ichneumoninae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Ichneumoninae is the second largest subfamily in Ichneumon Wasps. Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Ichneumoninae usually found searching for caterpillar or pupa on foot on vegetation or soil. In some species female and male look quite different. 
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Ichneumon Wasps in subfamily Ichneumoninae can be distinguished with the followings;
    - on the forewing usually with the diamond or pentagon-shaped areolet,
    - forewing with two bullae (unpigmented area of vein) in 2m-cu,
    - 3r-m always present. 
    - ovipositor medium length with rigid sheath, never very long, 

Black-tipped Orange Ichneumon Wasp
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Ctenochares bicolorus, Ichneumonini, body length 25mm
Please check this page for more information. 
Black-headed Orange Wasp
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Gavrana spinosa, Ichneumonini, body length 15mm
Pictures were taken on Jan 2009 in Carbrook Wetland. From it white-banded antenna. The wasp has the orange colour body and black head. Please check this page for more informtion.

White-tailed Orange Wasp
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Ischnojoppa sp., Ischnojoppini, body length 15mm
This wasp is pale orange-brown in colour with last two abdomen segments in black. There is the white spot at the end tip. The body is slender parallel-sided with all segment fairly evenly broadened. Please check this page for more information. 

Orange Pupa Parasite Wasp
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Akymichneumon sp., Phaeogenini, body length 15mm
We found this Ichneumon Wasp laying eggs into a moth pupa. Please click on here for the whole story.
Brown Legs Black Ichneumon Wasp
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Eleebichneumon pittata, Phaeogenini, body length 15mm
This is a black wasp with orange-brown legs. The antennae are black white band. There are the orange brown abdomen segment and black abdomen with white edges. The scutellum is white in colour. 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: January 22, 2013.