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Parasitic wasp (numerous families)Chalcididae sp. (family)

4 Unidentified chalcid wasp at Higgins, ACT

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Chalcididae sp. (family) at Higgins, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Chalcididae sp. (family) at Higgins, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Chalcididae sp. (family) at Higgins, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Chalcididae sp. (family) at Higgins, ACT - 9 Apr 2019
Chalcididae sp. (family) at Higgins, ACT - 9 Apr 2019

Identification history

Parasitic wasp (numerous families) Chalcididae sp. (family) 16 Apr 2019 KimPullen
Unidentified 12 Apr 2019 Alison Milton

Author's notes

I brought home this cocoon (last photo) thinking it was a moth, but these critters are what emerged. Location is where I collected the cocoon.

4 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   16 Apr 2019
Alison, I'm sure it is a moth cocoon, and our moth experts might be able to identify the family. Do you know the host plant? Kim.
   16 Apr 2019
Hi Kim. It was on an Acacia. I kept it in a container by itself and after a week or so these wasps emerged so if it is a moth cocoon it must have been parasitised.
michaelb wrote:
   17 Apr 2019
Re. chalcid wasps: "Most species are primary endoparasitoids of lepidopteran (moth and butterfly)".
   17 Apr 2019
Thanks. I have a second cocoon taken at the same time. I'll see if anything emerges from that. Nothing so far.

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Location

Location information

  • Coordinates 149.032126-35.236639
  • Altitude 624.6m
  • Places Higgins, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 9 Abundance
  • 9 Apr 2019 4:50 PM Recorded on
  • Alison Milton Recorded by
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