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Gasteruptiid Wasp - female

Gasteruption sp.

Description:

A delicate thin waisted parasitic wasp about 30 mm long with a long thin white tipped ovipositor. The wasp had long legs with club-like hind tibiae.

Habitat:

Spotted flying around the garden - suburban area.

Notes:

"Females oviposit in the nests of solitary bees (Apidae) and wasps (Vespidae) , where the larvae are predator-inquilines, eating the host egg or larvae and consuming the pollen store. Adult gasteruptiids may be seen on flowers or hovering near bare ground, logs or trees."
Source:
http://anic.ento.csiro.au/insectfamilies...
Family: Gasteruptiidae

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3 Comments

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

Thanks Sergio, Mark and I were talking about the name just the other day - you're right it sounds like medicine for gastro or just an exploding stomach !

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Nice shots, Leuba. I just wonder where scientists find those names. It sounds like a medicine for stomach pain...

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Great shots Leuba. Got all the bits.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 3, 2015
Submitted on Feb 4, 2015

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