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Gasteruptid wasp

Gasteruption spp.

Description:

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

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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