Genus Enicospilus

These nocturnal wasps are parasites of moth larvae.  This is often confused with a similar orange Ichneumon Netelia.  Look for the flattened, oval disks (sclerites) visible within the “horse head” on the wings.


Pending ID – Encospilus

#1. Enicospilus sp.
Late December 2010
Spring Beach
Subfamily identification thanks to bleu.geo
Note the very short ovipositor (egg laying tube at the end of the abdomen).
 

#2. Enicospilus sp.
Early February 2013
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
 

#3. Late November 2014
Strathblane
 

#4. Early May 2018
Hobart
Attracted to light and trapped inside.  It was still alive during these photos…..just.
         

Late January 2022
Postmans Track, Rocky Cape National Park/ pinmatik Sisters Beach
Photos KE
IMG 2876  IMG 2878

Late October 2023
Kelcey Tier, Devonport
Photos KE

IMG 8396. IMG 8397
Late October 2023
Kelcey Tier, Devonport
Photos KE

IMG 8459

Late October 2023
Kelcey Tier, Devonport
Photos KE
IMG 8466  IMG 8468
Mid November 2023
Scamander
Photo KE
IMG 9379