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  Black and White-striped Ichneumon Wasp (Gotra sp1)





Black and White-striped Ichneumon Wasp | Gotra sp1 photo
Black and White-striped Ichneumon Wasp. The antennae curl outwards at the tips - not sure if this is a feature of all members of this species?

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Black and White-striped Ichneumon Wasp is black with white spots on the thorax and broad black and white bands on the abdomen. The antenna are black with white band. Females have ovipositor is less than half the body length. This wasp is similar in appearance to the Banded Caterpillar Parasite Wasp, but has a much shorter ovipositor.

Size
body length 15mm

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



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Ichneumonidae
Genus:Gotra
Species:sp1
Common Name:Black and White-striped Ichneumon Wasp

Relatives in same Genus
  Black and Yellow-striped Ichneumon Wasp (G. unknown species)