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Published on Sep 30, 2010
Over the past month I have been watching some Braconid:Aphidiinae wasps inserting their eggs (ovipositing) into Aphids. Decided to shoot some video today. These are quite small wasps (+- 3-4mm) with reduced wing venation.
Notice how the transfer of egg takes some time. It is interesting how the ants tending the aphids appear to completely ignore the parasitoid/ Braconid wasp. They clearly are drumming right on the wasp. Do these wasps have some sort of chemical adaptation to mask their presence?