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Lacewing Egg & Parasitic Wasp



Parasitic wasp on the lacewing egg.


"The hymenopteran family Scelionidae is a very large cosmopolitan group (over 3000 described species in some 160 genera) of exclusively parasitoid wasps, mostly small (0.5–10 mm), often black, often highly sculptured, with (typically) elbowed antennae that have a 9- or 10-segmented flagellum. Nowadays, it is considered to be a subfamily of the Platygastridae.
They are generally idiobionts, attacking the eggs of many different types of insects, spiders, butterflies (the hackberry emperor, for example) and many are important in biological control. Several genera are wingless, and a few attack aquatic insect eggs underwater." - Wikipedia

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 years ago

Thank you John. More interesting reading.

John La Salle
John La Salle 3 years ago

Such a small wasp that it is hard to tell, but I am thinking it is in the family Scelionidae. There are scelionids that are known to attack the stalked lacewing eggs.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Could be family Torymidae. Brilliant shot Karthikeyan.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 4 years ago

Fantastic capture!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Great shot Karthi.. that is one tiny wasp!

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Aug 24, 2017
Submitted on Aug 24, 2017

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