Animal Species:Diapriid wasps

If you see a very small fly that, on closer inspection, resembles an ant, it may be a diapriid wasp.

Standard Common Name

Diapriid wasps

Identification

Diapriid wasps are common in gardens but can be tiny - the largest are no more than 6 mm long and the smallest only 1 mm long.

Size range

1 mm - 6 mm

Distribution

Diapriid wasps are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

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

Life cycle

Diapriid wasp specialise in parasitising fly pupae and prepupae. Most spend very little time flying as their hosts are usually somewhere on the ground. Some have very reduced wings or none at all and can be mistaken for ants.

Classification

Family:
Diapriidae
Superfamily:
Proctotrupoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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