Saturday, August 18, 2007

Gasteruption jaculator

Yeah, I know. Bizarre name, bizarre insect. I'd never heard of it until I came across Brian Stone's pictures on his blog in July - 24th

Under the circumstances it seemed a bit spooky a couple of weeks later that I found one in my greenhouse. Don't know a lot about them, but they use that long ovipositor to lay their eggs in the nests of solitary bees. One of the creepiest bugs I've yet seen, especially in flight with those long dangling legs - sorry about the standard of my pictures - real struggle to reach it and focus in the crowded greenhouse!

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