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A wasp on predatory bug eggs

Scelionidae

Description:

A cluster of steely black eggs with a rim of lashes to discourage this curious and unwelcome parasitoid visitor.



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50 Comments (1–25)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

sorry - just read the full spotting again

MartinL
MartinL 4 years ago

I've actually been very unclear about which of the two species is the subject of this spotting and it has changed from one to the other.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

I notice you have put John's wasp ID on these hemipteran eggs. I think he meant the small wasp to the right.

MartinL
MartinL 5 years ago

A similar cluster of eggs are bothered by the same type of predatory wasp hare http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/489...

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

That's fascinating Sckel. There is no free lunch in ecology =)

Sckel
Sckel 6 years ago

Amazing. I photographed a bug feeding on wasp eggs

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Thanks for another ID John La Salle

John La Salle
John La Salle 6 years ago

The wasp is a Scelionidae
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scelionidae...
All are parasitoids in the eggs of other insects.

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Thank you Hemma

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

Absolutely perfect for Valentine's day!!

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago


I can find no reference to the american Podisus in Australia and assume these eggs come from the similar Australian species Oechalia schellenbergii or Cermatulus nasalis. Both are from the Subfamily Asopinae.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Awesome spotting...

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

thank you rat.tumor

awesome pic

MartinL
MartinL 6 years ago

Thanks tibiprada and Smith'sZoo.

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 6 years ago

Great find!

tibiprada
tibiprada 6 years ago

Awesome species.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Yes Ashish. There's lot yet to learn about our tiny parasitic wasps

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 7 years ago

Lovely Macro work... Martin... surely a lesson for everyone...

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Here is a closely matching image of a cutious wasp
http://www.flickr.com/photos/zosterops/5...

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks Forest Dragon.
I suspect the wasp to be a braconid wasp (Parasitoid)

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

How very interesting! This is the first time I have seen eggs like that. They remind me of some of the glass beads I work with.

MartinL
MartinL 7 years ago

Thanks jeanette.
Yes Sergio, each spotting is a frozen moment in the life cycles of these creatures and insects usually have several very different stages to study.

Jeannette
Jeannette 7 years ago

Great spotting :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

I think that is the next step in my learning process, to breed some bugs and caterpillars.

MartinL
Spotted by
MartinL

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.80, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Feb 1, 2012
Submitted on Feb 1, 2012

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