A Sabre Wasp (Ephialtes manifestator)

Sabre Wasp Ephialtes manifestator


This is a fascinating parasitic wasp. The females like this one investigate dead wood and use the antenna to identify when there are beetle grubs inside. They then use there exceptionally long ovipositors to lay there eggs on or in the beetle grubs. I had the pleasure of watching this one for over fifteen minutes as it sort out the host for its young.
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