Red Ichneumon Wasp
Face + Antennae
Yellow-bellied Ichneumon Wasp
Female, profile
Yellow-bellied Ichneumon Wasp (Temelucha cf sp)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Ichneumon Wasp (Wasp: Ichneumonidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Yellow-bellied Ichneumon Wasp (Temelucha cf sp)
This Photo:     🔍Female, dorsal🔎

Thank you Dan B (HeadSoup) for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~12mm long (body & head), excluding antennae & ovipositor
1. Hairy
2. Very long ovipositor
3. Over 40 segment antennae
4. Thin, bent waist/petiole
5. Thin abdomen
6. Large ocelli
7. Body punctuated with pitting
8. Thin legs
9. A strange scallop like shape between it's throax segments
10. Holds it's wings flat/horizontal at rest
11. And finally the yellow markings - at the antennae joins, wing joins, ventrally & postior abdomen
Dan said "Can't quite see some of the details to absolutely confirm (underneath T1, 2nd Tergite profile view), but Temelucha is the only genus of Cremastinae Gauld mentions with an ovipositor longer than 2.5x the hind tibia."
Found one specimen in April.

Copyright © 2020-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 16-Apr-2020
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.