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White spotted Ichneumon

Echthromorpha intricatoria

Description:

A freshly ecloded specimen with it's wings and antennae still a bit wrinkly.
This male is about 30mm long.
The body is mostly black with cream or white spots on the sides of the abdomen. Antennae and legs are orange.

Habitat:

In a distant national park with wet southern beech forests. Yarra Ranges NP.

Notes:

It cannot sting, does not build nests, and is harmless to humans.
The female injects eggs into pupae of moths and butterflies particularly Nymphalidae.

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Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Warburton, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 24, 2020
Submitted on Mar 30, 2021

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