Orchid Dupe Wasp 


Yellow Ichneumon Wasp - Xanthopimpla sp.


This page contains pictures and information about Yellow Ichneumon Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length  15mm, female                                                                              
Found this small Ichneumon Wasp hiding under grass during a raining day. Pictures were taken on Apr 2011 near the White Rock in Ipswich.
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Ichneumon Wasps of genus Xanthopimpla are yellow and black colours. They attack a wide range of insect larvae and pupae. Prior to laying eggs, the female wasps often paralyse or kill their host by injecting venom with the ovipositor.
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Please check the Ichneumon Wasps page for more general information above this wasp. 

Reference and Link:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 944.
2. An introduction to the Ichneumonidae of Australia - Gauld, I.D. 1984, British Museum, p64.
3. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
4. Wasps - family Ichneumonidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan.
5. Echthromorpha intricatoria - Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO, 2005.

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