Zelomorpha sp.

Agathidine Wasp

Zelomorpha sp., Agathidine Wasp


Family: Braconidae

Subfamily: Agathidinae


About 1,000 species of Agathidinae have been described; the subfamily is found in many regions of the world.

Females lay eggs in caterpillars, and the wasp larvae grow while the caterpillar develops. The ovipositor is usually long, and is often used to probe places where the caterpillars are hidden (Hanson and Gauld, 2006).

Photo location: Montagne de Kaw, French Guiana.

Determined by Dr. Michael J. Sharkey, University of Kentucky.

American Insects site