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Parasitic Wasp

By barrywebb  
This Wasp (Gasteruption jaculator) was captured on a camera club outing to Waterperry Gardens near Oxford. It was working it's way along an old brick wall investigating holes in the brickwork. It lays it's eggs using it's very long ovipositor in the nests of solitary bees and the developing wasp will eat the provisions left by the bee. This one is eating a small insect.

Tags: Wasp Insect Insect close up Close-up and macro Insect macro Gasteruption jaculator parasitic wasp

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TonyDy Plus
14 55 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2019 6:07PM
Great close-up, Barry.
Toobi_Won 11 77 8 England
13 Aug 2019 6:07PM
Absolutely brilliant capture, Barry!
pauljt 21 10 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2019 6:42PM
great capture
Saastad 3 16 17 Norway
13 Aug 2019 6:43PM
Great photowork!

Arne Smile
RLF Plus
12 18 4 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2019 6:53PM
Alien for sureSmile
KarenFB Plus
16 5.9k 184 England
13 Aug 2019 6:54PM
Well spotted, caught and presented!
pamelajean Plus
17 1.8k 2276 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2019 6:59PM
Rob has read my mind. With the wasp at this angle, it resembles a humanoid, but with a big long growth on its back. The word "alien" definitely fits this image
I'd rather see a bee develop than one of theseSad.
bricurtis Plus
17 2.7k 53 England
13 Aug 2019 7:54PM
Superb image Barry - interesting species.I like the vertical posture you have caught it in.
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
13 Aug 2019 8:09PM
I also enjoyed your very informative text!
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
13 Aug 2019 8:22PM
Fascinating !! Barry.
chavender Plus
12 551 2 France
13 Aug 2019 9:25PM
Great image Barry well caught and an interesting description.

mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
13 Aug 2019 11:38PM
A great macro accompanied with the facts about the insect. I find they are very interesting and I am learning quite a lot about the nature world, which to my shame I did not know
Fabulous image beautifully detailed

clicknimagine Plus
13 1.1k 105 India
14 Aug 2019 12:10PM
Superb capture...

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