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 wasps live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, wetlands.
Braconid wasps are found throughout Australia.
Feeding and diet
Braconid wasps can be seen around Sydney woodlands searching for beetle larvae in logs and the trunks of fallen trees.
Life history 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.
Some braconid wasps play an important role in controlling pest species of insects such as aphids.