Dusky-winged Ichneumonid Wasp

Lissopimpla excelsa

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Lissopimpla excelsa, commonly known as the orchid dupe wasp, is a Wasp of the family Ichneumonidae native to Australia. Although also found in New Zealand it has probably been introduced there. It pollinates all five Australian members of the orchid genus Cryptostylis . The male wasp mistakes the flower parts for a female wasp and attempts to copulate with it. Although the different species can occur together, they appear to inhibit cross-fertilisation and no hybrids a

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  1. (c) Ian McMillan, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/12521877
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lissopimpla_excelsa

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