Tiger Ichneumon Wasp
Velvet Ant
Wingless Female
Orange Caterpillar Parasite Wasp (Netelia producta)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Ichneumon Wasp (Wasp: Ichneumonidae)
Species: Orange Caterpillar Parasite Wasp (Netelia producta)
Other names: Red Jacket Wasp or Red Soldier Wasp
Similar Species: Orange Ichneumon Wasp

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), in the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
Dangerous looking wasp, but quite placid.
3 purple jewels (actually 3 Ocelli, simple eyes) on top of its head between the compound eyes.
Large wasp with varying shades of light brown to orange across the body.
Clear wings.

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Apr-2011
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.