Image: Yellow parasitic wasp - Angela Reid-Robertson

Yellow parasitic wasp - Angela Reid-Robertson

These beautiful parasitic wasps occasionally visit our dead mango tree. The long black ovipositor has been adapted to bore through wood in order to parasitise the wood-boring larvae that feed deep inside dead trees. The wasp seems to detect the presence of the larvae by smelling with its antennae and maybe by feeling the larvae's vibrations in the wood.
 

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Angela Reid-Robertson
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