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Temelucha picta (Holmgren)

(Life: Kingdom: Metazoa (animals); Phylum: Arthropoda; Class: Hexapoda; Order: Hymenoptera;  Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea; Family: Ichneumonidae; Subfamily: Cremastinae; Genus: Temelucha)

Cremastus pictus Holmgren, 1868. Lectotype: in Naturhistorisches Museum, Wien. Type locality: Cape of Good Hope (South Africa).

Androna spilopus Cameron, 1911.


Madagascar, South Africa.


Host: Ecpascestria frustalis (Pyraloidea).


A yellow species with sharply defined black marking on head and mesosoma, the metasoma being largely infuscate. This species is morphologically close to T. basiornata, but T. picta is larger and its yellow mesopleuron is maculated with black spots (Rousse et al. , 2011). The extent of black markings is very variable in this species, some specimens have a black mesopleuron with a ventro-longitudinal yellow stripe (Zwart 1998).


Holmgren, A.E. 1868. Hymenoptera. Species novas descripsit. Kongliga Svenska Fregatten Eugenies Resa omkring jorden. Zoologi 6: 391-442.

Rousse, P. & Villemant, C. 2012. Ichneumons in Reunion Island: a catalogue of the local Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera) species, including 15 new taxa and a key to species. Zootaxa 3278: 157.

Rousse, P., Villemant, C. & Seyrig, A. 2011. Ichneumonid wasps from Madagascar. 5. Ichneumonidae Cremastinae. Zootaxa, 3118, 1-30.

Zwart, K.W.R. 1998. Ichneumonidae. In A. Polaszek (ed.) African cereal stem borers: economic importance, taxonomy, natural enemies and control. CAB International, New York, USA, pp. 205258.


Map illustration Simon van Noort (Iziko Museums of South Africa).

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Web author Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)


Citation: van Noort, S. 2021. WaspWeb: Hymenoptera of the Afrotropical region. URL: www.waspweb.org (accessed on <day/month/year>).

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