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Parasitoid wasp (Elasmosoma luxemburgense) ovipositing in ants (Formica rufibarbis)

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Published on Aug 26, 2011

Females of the parasitoid wasp Elasmosoma luxemburgense ovipositing in workers of the ant Formica rufibarbis. In the last sequence a worker ant catches a wasp while flying. Recorded in slow motion video, at a rate of 300 frames per second. Almazán (Soria, Spain), August, 2010.

Source: Cees van Achterberg, José María Durán (2011) Oviposition behaviour of four ant parasitoids (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Euphorinae, Neoneurini and Ichneumonidae, Hybrizontinae), with the description of three new European species. ZooKeys 125 : 59-106, freely available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.125... .

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