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.

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