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White spotted Ichneumon

Echthromorpha intricatoria


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.


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


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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1 Comment

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 years ago

Harmless and inoffensive to everyone except for the unfortunate pupae of moths and butterflies! Wonderful spotting!

Mark Ridgway
Spotted by
Mark Ridgway

Warburton, Victoria, Australia

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

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