Armyworm Parasitic Wasp
S1 Female: dorsal
Ellura
Armyworm Parasitic Wasp
S1 Female: profile
 
                      
Armyworm Parasitic Wasp (Ichneumon promissorius)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Ichneumon Wasp (Wasp: Ichneumonidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Armyworm Parasitic Wasp (Ichneumon promissorius)
This Photo:     🔍S2 Female: dorsal🔎

Thank you Dan B (HeadSoup) for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
About 12mm long, with black body, orange/red legs & white stripes on the abdomen and antennae. The body has several white spots.
We have only found females, which do not have visible ovi-positors. The males look quite different, being more orange and appearing thinner. Their antennae are longer, more orange and don't have the white stripe shown on the females here.
We have recently bought some jeweler's scales. They only measure in 10mg increments so aren't really accurate enough for inverts. But may work in a comparitive sense (ie between our finds).
This specimen weighed around 30mg.
We found one specimen in February.

Copyright © 2021-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 29-Dec-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.