Subject: Identifying Insect
Location: Cheltenham VIC
October 23, 2013 4:17 am
I found two of these beautiful insects in my backyard the other day. I googled them and it looks like the Orchid Dupe Wasp.
I have a curious 2 year old and I’m concerned about the enormous stinger they have. Are they particularly dangerous and could there be a nest around?
Thanks in advance 🙂
Congratulations on identifying your Orchid Dupe Wasp, Lissopimpla excelsa, a species of parasitic Ichneumon from Australia. What you have identified as a stinger is the ovipositor of the female, and wasps that sting are using a modified ovipositor. Some Ichneumons are capable of stinging. We will try to locate some more specific information for you.
Great. Thank you so much for the quick response. I look forward to hearing more info if you come across any.