Case Moth Larvae Parasite Wasp - Sericopimpla sp.
This page contains pictures and information about Case Moth Larvae Parasite
Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length
- In early spring we found this Ichneumon Wasp attacking a case moth
caterpillar on a Acacia tree. Although the caterpillar was protected by its
case bag, it seemed it was useless to prevent the attack from the wasp. We saw
the caterpillar head come out a few times try to get rid of the wasp but no use
either. The wasp kept on punching her long ovipositor into the case bag for
over half an hour.
- Sericopimpla sp. sting case moth larvae to death then lay an egg attached
to the inside of the bag. The egg hatches in a few days and larva feeds
- This ichneumon wasp species could be the S. australis or the S.
crenator in subfamily Pimplinae. Please check the Ichneumon Wasps
page for general information about 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, p52, p68.
- 3. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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