Ichneumon wasp

Ichneumon wasp

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Credit: DR. JOHN BRACKENBURY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Ichneumon wasp. High-speed photograph of an ichneumon wasp (Ophion luteus) in flight. This is a parasitoid wasp, which lays its eggs inside the living bodies of caterpillars. The female inserts her eggs using the long ovipositor at the end of her abdomen. The developing wasp larvae eat the caterpillar from within; once they are fully grown, they leave the body and begin to spin their cocoons on its surface. The adult wasp feeds on flowers of the Umbelliferae (the carrot family) and searches for its host caterpillars in hedgerow vegetation in Britain and northern Europe.

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Keywords: animal, britain, british, flight, flower, flying, high-speed photography, ichneumon wasp, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, northern european, ophion luteus, parasitic, parasitoid, wildlife, wings, zoology

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