Chalcid Wasp
Genus Monodontomerus

parasitic wasp
I saw these tiny wasps on my native bee nesting
tubes in Taylorsville, Utah and knew it couldn't be
 good. These are
parasitic wasps. ©Carol Davis 9-14-2020

Monodontomerus wasp
This wasp is ovipositing into the sealed bee tube.
The eggs she deposited will end up killing the
bee larva already
forming inside. You can see her
 long thin tube p
iercing the leaf plug.  You can read
more about this process at SARE.
 ¬© Carol Davis 9-14-2020

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