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Gasteruptid wasp

Gasteruption spp.


A very small gasteruptid which I initially thought was a mosquito. Approx. 12mm long.


In a dark and wet area of a local national park which is dominated by mountain ash (Eucalyptus regnans)


While trying to shoot fungi this little pesk got swished away from my face twice before it landed nearby. Luckily the focus was set about right so I took the chance.
There are literally hundreds of species in this genus. The most obvious visual determinant is the length of the ovipositor but I'm sure there's more to it.

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Mark Ridgway
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Mark Ridgway

Tremont, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Mar 26, 2021
Submitted on Mar 27, 2021

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