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Wasp (Glabridorsum stokesii)

Kingdom: Animalia
Eumetazoa: Metazoans
Protostomia: Protostomes
Arthropoda: Arthropods
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea
Family: Ichneumonidae
Subfamily: Cryptinae
Tribe: Cryptini
Subtribe: Cryptina
Genus: Glabridorsum
Species: Glabridorsum stokesii

Glabridorsum stokesii is a relatively common Australian species of parasitoid wasp that was introduced to New Zealand during 1967-1969 as a biological control agent to control the oriental fruit moth (Grapholita molesta) and the light brown apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana). It has been recorded on two non-target native moth species, Brownheaded leafroller (Ctenopseustis obliquana) and Greenheaded leafroller (Planotortrix excessana).
G. stokesii has a body size of <10mm. Its antennae is as long, or longer than body with a large white section two third up its length. The eyes are boarded by two white rings. The thorax sides have white spots. There are two distinctive white marks on the top surface of the thorax. The black abdomen has seven white stripes down its length.