Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp
( Ophion sp. )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Ophion sp.
(Fabricius ,1798 )
Common Name:Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Ichneumonidae
Subfamily:Ophioninae
Genus:Ophion
Taxon Code:HYM02124

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
UC Elkus Ranch, UC Elkus Ranch, UC Elkus Ranch, 1500 Purissima Creek Rd, Half Moon Bay
County:San Mateo County
ECI Site#:CA41130000
Open Space Location:UC Elkus Ranch

RECOGNITION
Recognition
Abdomen long, compressed on the sides. Body pale yellow to reddish brown. Antennae and legs long, pale. Ovipositor of female barely visible at tip of abdomen. Wings clear."
Description
Abdomen long, compressed on the sides. Body pale yellow to reddish brown. Antennae and legs long, pale. Ovipositor of female barely visible at tip of abdomen. Wings clear.
Body Length
10-19 mm.
Diversity
Nearctic. 11 North American species. The Ophion species are one of the most common Ichneumon wasps in the U.S.
Colors
Color1: orange

BIOLOGY
Adult Ophion species will hunt for their host caterpillar. Usually one egg is laid per host. Caterpillar usually dies during pupal stage though wasp larva remains to pupate itself.
Food
Most all Ophion larva are parasites of caterpillars.
Habitat
Forest canopies and shrubby fields.
Range
Throughout the U.S.
Diversity
Nearctic. 11 North American species. The Ophion species are one of the most common Ichneumon wasps in the U.S.
Active Period
Adults are seen in late spring to late summer (May-August). Easily attracted to sheet lights.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
Genus Ophion - Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasps. (http://bugguide.net/node/view/4866). Accessed March 12, 2016. .
The Audubon Society Field Guide to N. American Insects & Spiders


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