Animal Species:Braconid wasps

Braconid wasps are a large family of wasps with over 800 Australian species. They are closely related to the ichneumonid wasps and parasitise the larvae of many insect groups in a similar way.

Braconid wasp

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Braconid wasps

Size range

2 cm

Distribution

Braconid wasps are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

Braconid wasps live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, wetlands.

Feeding and Diet

Braconid wasps can be seen around Sydney woodlands searching for beetle larvae in logs and the trunks of fallen trees.

Life cycle

Braconid wasps use the egg and adult stages of other insects as hosts for their young. On finding a suitable host, eggs are laid on or in the victim, providing the wasp larvae with a meal when they hatch.

Economic/social impacts

Some braconid wasps play an important role in controlling pest species of insects such as aphids.

Classification

Genus:
Callibracon
Subfamily:
Braconinae
Family:
Braconidae
Superfamily:
Ichneumonoidea
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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