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Predatory wasp of (we think), the the Melaleuca defoliating sawfly, Lophyrotoma zonalis (Rohwer)


Australian Paperbark Tree (Melaleuca) - South East Queensland

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JanBowman 9 years ago

thank you John - these wasps were on only two trees, in a string of paperbarks that line a nearby street. The trees are also pocked with the bore holes of the insects they are after.

John La Salle
John La Salle 9 years ago

Parasitic wasp in the family Ichneumonidae
Very cool that there are two of them side by side like that.
Looks like it is probing with its ovipositor (egg laying tube) - looking for a host down under the bark or burrowing in the wood.

JanBowman 9 years ago

thank you Shanna

ShannaB 9 years ago

Stunning shots! Welcome to Project Noah, Jan! : )

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jun 9, 2012
Submitted on Mar 9, 2013

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