- This page contains pictures and information about the Gasteruptiid Wasps
in family Gasteruptiidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- We sometimes see something long and thin, hovering near tree trunk moving
forward and backward very quick. So quick that we cannot recognize
what they are. They are the Gasteruptiid Wasps checking if there are the bee
or wasp nests. Their larvae parasitic on eggs, larvae of bees and wasps
and the food sources of these hosts.
- The wasps in this family Gasteruptiidae are thin and long, They rest with fore wings fold
longitudinally. They are usually black or black with brown in colours, tip
of ovipositor is often white and as long as body length.
- Gasteruptiid Wasp
- Gasteruption sp., body length 15mm
- This wasp has the extraordinarily long ovipositor with white tip. The wasp was resting upside-down on a dry grass,
advertising its white tip. They are known to parasite on solitary bee and wasp
nests which may be in decaying logs, mud cells or in soil. Larvae consume the
host egg or larvae and then the pollen or prey stored. Please check this page
for more information.
- Small Gasteruptiid Wasp
- ? Eufoenus sp., body length 10mm
- We found this small black wasp in Carbrook Wetland on Jan 2010. It was
wandering on the wet soil.
- 1. Insects of Australia - G Hangay and P German. New Holland. Publishers,
- 2. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 942.
- 3. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 4. What
wasp is that? - An interactive identification guide to the
Australasian families of Hymenoptera, 2007.
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