Orchid-dupe Wasp
Female, dorsal
Ellura
Orchid-dupe Wasp
Female, Wing Venation
 
                      
Orchid-dupe Wasp (Lissopimpla excelsa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Ichneumon Wasp (Wasp: Ichneumonidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Orchid-dupe Wasp (Lissopimpla excelsa)
This Photo:     🔍Female, profile🔎
Other names: Dusky-winged Ichneumonid or Orchid Dupe Wasp

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~17mm long (head & body). A very long ovi-positor at ~8mm long, and even longer antennae ~17mm (as long as the body & head).
We found 6 female specimens in Oct & Nov.
Thanks to Thomas Mesaglio, from our facebook group, who gave us a really amazing insight into these wasps:
" 'Orchid dupe' refers to the orchid species Cryptostylis leptochila, which looks similar to the males of Lissopimpla excelsa and tricks them into attempting to mate with it (and thus pollinating it)."

Copyright © 2014-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Oct-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.