Thrips Shop for Wasps

OK Kids, listen up. What you’re looking at here are a couple of tiny thrips which were parasitised by tiny wasps. WHAAAAAAT? That’s right, these thrips were injected with wasp eggs and it’s turned them into little puparium for wasps. The one on the right is fully developed and about to hatch, the one on…

Psyllid Puparium

I’ve posted about Lerps and Psyllids before but this time I’ve gone the extra mile, dear reader. When I found this fantastic basket lerp in the shape of a shell, I could hardly contain my excitement but I soon noticed the nymph inside seemed to be a bit odd. Turns out it had been the…

Wasps & Galls

Galls are fascinating for me and I see quite a lot of them on Acacia trees. They never disappoint and usually have something interesting to see on them – even if it’s only a colony of Technomyrmex ants using a dead gall as a camp site. Most times though I can find beautiful little wasps like…

Abispa Mud Wasp

Abispa sp. mud wasps can look scary (this one is quite large at 25-30mm) but all she wants to do is collect caterpillars to provide food for her offspring. Here she has flown around a tree infested with leaf-rolling caterpillars until she spots a suitable candidate for extraction. She cuts a hole in its leaf, extracts…

Hyperparasite: Acroclisoides sp.

Acroclisoides wasps are tiny insects that parasitise wasps that parasitise bugs. That’s right. Somehow, these wasps find a clutch of bug eggs (which are really small to start with) that have already been parasitised by a wasp and manage to get their little babies into those wasp larvae. See more wasp photos at www.aussiebugs.com.au/Hymenoptera/Wasps/

We Love Wasps

Wasps have a bad reputation but play an important role in controlling populations of other insects. Wasps feed on things like caterpillars or spiders while others may only take nectar from flowers which also makes them important pollinators. Most wasps are parasites of plants, animals or other insects (even other wasps) and some are so…