Ophion peregrinus, from Landcare Research.

Belongs within: Ichneumonidae.

Ophion is a primarily Holarctic genus of ichneumon wasps, members of which are common parasites on noctuid moths (Gauld 1984).

Characters (from Gauld 1984): Moderately large to large, fore wing length 9–17 mm; mandible weakly tapered, not twisted; occipital carina usually complete; interocellar area black. Posterior transverse carina of mesosternum broadly interrupted before each mid cosa; propodeum from completely carinate to with only transverse carinae discernible. Fore tibial spur with a membranous flange behind macrotrichial comb; mid and hind trochantelli simple. Fore wing with 1m-cu centrally angled, often with a trace of ramellus; discosubmarginal cell with a small glabrous area in anterior corner, without detached sclerites. Hind wing with first abscissa of Rs curved; distal hamuli of more or less similar size and shape.

<==Ophion Fabricius 1798 (see below for synonymy) G84
    |--*O. luteus (Linnaeus 1758) G84, L58 [=Ichneumon luteus G84, *Paniscus luteus G84]
    |--O. adeus G84
    |--*Stenophthalmus’ algiricus G84
    |--*Platophion’ areolaris G84
    |--O. capitatus [=O. (*Pachyprotoma) capitatus] G84
    |--*Potophion’ caudatus G84
    |--‘Stenophthalmus’ choaspese [=*Mecetron choaspese] G84
    |--*Neophion’ crassus G84
    |--O. gelus G84
    |--‘Paniscus’ gracilipes MS01
    |--O. lagus G84
    |--*Apomesus’ longiceps G84
    |--O. minutus MS01
    |--*Apatophion’ mirsa G84
    |--O. peregrinus [=*Australophion peregrinus] G84
    |--O. scutellaris G84
    `--O. zerus G84

Ophion Fabricius 1798 [=Paniscus Schrank 1802; incl. Apatophion Shestakov 1926, Apomesus Townes 1971, Australophion Morley 1912, Mecetron Townes 1971, Neophion Morley 1912, Pachyprotoma Kohl 1906, Platophion Hellén 1926, Potophion Cushman 1947, Psylonychia Szépligeti 1905 (n. n.), Stenophthalmus Szépligeti 1905 non Becker 1903] G84

*Type species of generic name indicated


[G84] Gauld, I. D. 1984. An Introduction to the Ichneumonidae of Australia. British Museum (Natural History).

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[MS01] Mocsáry, A., & V. Szépligeti. 1901. Hymenopterák [Hymenopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 121–169. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.


  1. Remark from the Hymenoptera forum on FB: Incorrect identification! If it's from Europe, Ophion obscuratus.

    1. Thank you once again, Ruud; correction made. Once again, Wikipedia identifications are... not the best.

  2. The photo is of an Enicospilus sp. And the taxonomic hierarchy information is arbitrary and incomplete.

    1. Thank you for the correction. I've changed the image again; third time will hopefully be the charm.

      I'm not sure what you're referring to by the 'taxonomic hierarchy information'. If you mean the species listing, then yes, I freely own to it being incomplete, and that incompleteness inherently leads to a certain degree of arbitrariness. I do update these entries over time as further sources come to hand. If you mean the tags assigned to the post, they are indexing tags only, not intended as a complete taxonomic hierarchy.


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