Cream-spotted Ichneumon Wasp
Female, dorsal
Adelaide Hills
Cream-spotted Ichneumon Wasp
Female, profile
 
                      
Cream-spotted Ichneumon Wasp (Echthromorpha intricatoria)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, profile🔎
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.

Copyright © 2017-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 03-Jun-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.