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Braconid Wasp

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While out in the garden today, crouched down near some busy plants, I spotted this tiny little Braconid Wasp (Coeloides bostrichorum) trying to find somewhere to lay her eggs. These wasps are only about 5mm in length and she was buzzing around desparately looking for the right place. She settled eventually and began depositing. You can see her ovipositor injecting the eggs into the plant. Apparantly some species inject their eggs into larvae of the cabbage white butterfly and we have had alot of those eating our vegetables recently!

For those that are interested, I have put together a page about the reversed lenses I use for macro-photography. You can see it here.

Posted 8:55pm Thursday, 1st September 2005

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