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  Banded Caterpillar Parasite Wasp (Ichneumon promissorius)





Banded Caterpillar Parasite Wasp | Ichneumon promissorius photo
Banded Caterpillar Parasite Wasp

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
This Ichneumon Wasp has black body with white spots. The legs are orange and the antenna are black with a broad white band. Females have a long ovipositor (egg laying tube) that is longer than the body. The male does not have an ovipositor.

Other Names
Ichneumon Wasp

Size
body length 15mm

Breeding
The female lays an egg in a caterpillar. When the egg hatches the wasp larva feeds on the caterpillar.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Ichneumonidae
Genus:Ichneumon
Species:promissorius
Common Name:Banded Caterpillar Parasite Wasp