Orchid-dupe Wasp
Female, profile
Orchid-dupe Wasp
Female, back
Orchid-dupe Wasp (Lissopimpla excelsa)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Ichneumon Wasp (Wasp: Ichneumonidae)
Species: Orchid-dupe Wasp (Lissopimpla excelsa)
This Photo:     Female, ventral
Other name: Dusky-winged Ichneumonid & Orchid Dupe Wasp

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
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 © 2013-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 28-Dec-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.