Orange Caterpillar Parasite Wasp - Netelia producta
- This page contains pictures and information about Orange Caterpillar Parasite
Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length
- This wasp is Reddish orange in colour.
Their hosts are those large size moth
- Pictures taken when the wasp resting on a Banksia tree leaf in Alexandra Hill
during late summer.
- When attacking its host, the female wasp temporarily paralyses the
caterpillar by stinging it. After the host paralysed, the wasp lay a brown egg
onto the skin near the head of the caterpillar. These eggs can be seen if
carefully visual check the caterpillars..
- The wasp larva hatches from the egg and develops externally, hanging on the
head of the caterpillar. The wasp larva will not complete its larval
development until the caterpillar has tunneled into the soil and formed its
pupation chamber. After the host forms its chamber, the wasp larva will feed
and kill the host, spin a black furry cocoon within this chamber.
- Please check the Ichneumon Wasps page for
more general information above this wasp.
- 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, p78.
- 3. Parasitoids: Natural enemies of helicoverpa
- Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2005.
- 4. Wasps - family Ichneumonidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick
- 2. Netelia producta
- Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO, 2005.
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