Bug Shots

A closer look at insect photography

Yellow Flower Wasp

Posted by Darren on April 26, 2010

Here is an example of what is commonly called a Yellow Flower Wasp (? Agriomyia sp), a name also given to a few other Australian wasp species. These wasps are solitary and are known to parasitize larvae of particular beetle species.  One feature of these wasps are the wingless females who can often be seen mating with winged males as captured in the photo below.  The male with continue to fly around with the female attached as they move from flower to flower.  It is an interesting partnership to witness, and a great example of sexual dimorphism in the insect world.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: