High-speed photo of an ichneumon wasp in flight

High-speed photo of an ichneumon wasp in flight

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ichneumon wasp. High-speed photograph of an ichneumon wasp (family Ichneumonidae) in flight. Ichneumon wasps parasitise lepidopteran caterpillars and sometimes the larvae of other insects. The wasp lays its eggs inside the caterpillar inserting them with her long ovipositor (not seen here). The developing larvae eat the still-living caterpillar from within; once the larvae are fully grown, they leave the body of the host and begin to spin their cocoons on the surface of the dying caterpillar.

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Keywords: animal, high-speed photo, ichneumon, ichneumon wasp, ichneumonidae, in flight, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, parasite, parasitic, wasp, wildlife, zoology

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