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Latibulus argiolus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea
Family: Ichneumonidae
Subfamily: Cryptinae
Genus: Latibulus
Species: L. argiolus
Binomial name
Latibulus argiolus
(Rossi, 1790)

Ichneumon argiolus

Latibulus argiolus is a wasp in the family Ichneumonidae. The name is a senior synonym of Endurus argiolus.


Latibulus argiolus is a parasitoid which lies in wait in the near proximity of a Polistes paper wasp nest waiting for an opportunity for penetration and then, within a few seconds, lays an egg into a nest cell. The biology of the larva is unknown. There are two generations per year. The first emerges in the summer after pupation takes place in a yellowish cocoon within the cell; the second generation winters in a brown, resistant cocoon. The pupa of the second generation is able to break through the cell cover by making jerky movements. The pupa falls to the ground, looks for a recess by making rolling movements, and winters there.


  • S. Makino, 1983: Biology of Latibulus argiolus (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae), a parasitoid of the paper wasp Polistes biglumis (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) [biology] Kontyu 51:426-434, 1983

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