Wasp (Black-tipped orange ichneumon) Ctenochares bicolorus
Species: Ctenochares bicolorus
Synonyms: Ctenochares xanthomelas, Ctenochares apicalis,
Ctenochares rufator, Ctenochares apicalis, Ctenochares instructor
Common name: Black-tipped orange Ichneumon Wasp
Ctenochares bicolorus is a wasp with a body length of 25mm. It is a parasite on Moth caterpillar of Noctuidae, Chrysodeixis sp. (owlet moths) including the crop pest Chrysodeixis chalcites. It is a native to Africa but now has spread around the world including New Zealand.
This large Ichneumon wasp has a long and slender abdomen that is mainly bright orange with a black abdomen tip. Wings are orange colour with black forewing tip. The head is orange-brown in colour. The antennae are orange with middle white band. On forewing there is the large pentagonal areolet (small enclosed area).