Tiny Black Gasteruptiid Wasp
Cream-spotted Ichneumon Wasp
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Ichneumon Wasp (Wasp: Ichneumonidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Cream-spotted Ichneumon Wasp (Echthromorpha intricatoria)|
|This Photo:||🔍Male, dorsal🔎|
|Other name:||White-spotted Ichneumonid Wasp|
Thank you Thomas Mesaglio & Andrei (ichman) for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
The females have a medium sized ovipositor and are considerably larger than the males (~18mm compared with ~11-12mm for the males).
A reasonably common wasp in the Adelaide Hills, yet we've not seen any in the Murraylands.
These wasps parisitise lepidoptera pupae.
Notice the large bulge under the females abdomen. This gives room for the ovipositor to bend/hinge down. The thick looking ovi-positor is actually a couple of sheaths that protect the much thinner ovipositor.