Long-tailed Wasp
Blue-eyed Hatchet Wasp
Yellow-antenna Hatchet Wasp
White-dotted Hatchet Wasp
Round-headed Hatchet Wasp 
Gasteruptiid Wasp
Small Gasteruptiid Wasp 


Family Gasteruptiidae - Gasteruptiid Wasps

Order Hymenoptera

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
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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
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? 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, 2000, p116.
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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