Ichneumon Wasps of the genus Ophion dine
caterpillars. This female one
is so small, it's a wonder
she can dine on anthing larger than an ant. From the
tip of her
head to the end of her adbomen this tiny wasp is only 13 mm
antennae are as long, if not longer, than the
entire insect. © Carol Davis 4-22-2010
The black knob at the end of the abdomen is the ovipositor and
in this genus. The ovipositor is what the female uses to
deposit an egg inside a caterpillar.
When the egg
hatches the larva grows inside and feeds off the host until
the host dies.
The wasp then pupates inside the
remains. It's a crappy job, but they seem to take it on
willingly (I sure don't want to do it!) © Carol Davis
Here's a top view of this beautiful wasp showing the two large
eyes and the three small simple eyes. I think the
pattern on the thorax is
beautiful. Visit Wikipedia
learn more about Ichneumon Wasps.
You can see another species here on my site.
© Carol Davis 4-22-2010
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