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Crown Wasp (female)

Megischus bicolor

Description:

Black. Looks mantis-like.Reduced wings but flies strongly. Long ovipositor.

Habitat:

Terrace top potted plant.

Notes:

https://indiabiodiversity.org/observatio... https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/78... http://insectsunlocked.org/2016/06/19/cr... Family Stephanidae... She parasitizes wood-boring beetle larvae by injecting eggs with her ovipositor.

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7 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 months ago

You're so welcome! Love all your spottings.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

Hi Lauren...my compact camera that is like the extension of my hand has completely folded and the bridge camera that I use is heavy...holding the leaf steady with one hand and photographing with another was difficult and I was hoping the reduced wings meant it could NOT fly...no such luck. But wasn't it nice for your treehoppers and my crown wasp to drop in at home! Thanks for the appreciation of the spotting.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

Thanks Brian38. I was totally zapped for a few moments when I saw this.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 months ago

So neat! My weird treehopper family turned up in my own garden also! I have great hopes to find one of these wasps someday. The first picture I saw of one of these wasps, I thought it couldn't be real, it had to have been photoshopped!

Brian38
Brian38 4 months ago

Love this one SukanyaDatta! Great spotting!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months ago

Thanks Lauren. It was a new òne for me ...had a great time trying to find an I.D....and to think it turned up in my home!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 months ago

What a fun one to find! Great shots!

Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.57, Long: 88.36

Spotted on Nov 9, 2018
Submitted on Nov 9, 2018

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