Parasitic Wasps


Longtailed Fruit fly Parasitoid - Diachasmimorpha longicaudata


This page contains pictures and information about Longtailed Fruit fly Parasitoid Wasps that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 4mm

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We have a plum plant in our backyard. Some fruits were infected by a kind of small fruit flies Tephritidae. There were the wound on the fruits, if we open it we will see the small fruit fly larvae. Sometimes we saw the small wasp, as the about pictures, examining the infected fruits. After checking the wound on the fruit, the wasp will insert her ovipositor into the wound. We believed she laid eggs which the larvae will hatch and  parasite on the fruit fly larvae.
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Reference and Link:
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 948.
2. Diachasmimorpha longicaudata - Australian Insect Common Names, CSIRO 2005. 

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Last updated: October 17, 2006.