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Parasitoid wasp (Hybrizon buccatus) ovipositing in ants (Lasius grandis)

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Published on Aug 26, 2011

Females of the parasitoid wasp Hybrizon buccatus ovipositing in the ant larvae transported by workers of Lasius grandis. In the last sequence a female of H. buccatus holds the tip of a grass stem with its legs, then bends the metasoma and touches the grass stem with its metasomal apex. Recorded in slow motion video, at a rate of 300 frames per second. Almazán (Soria, Spain), July and 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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