The term wasp is typically defined as any insect of the order Hymenoptera and suborder Apocrita that is neither a bee nor ant. Almost every pest insect species has at least one wasp species that preys upon it or parasitizes it, making wasps critically important in natural control of their numbers, or natural biocontrol. Parasitic wasps are increasingly used in agricultural pest control as they prey mostly on pest insects and have little impact on crops.

The majority of wasp species (well over 100,000 species) are “parasitic” (technically known as parasitoids), and the ovipositor is used simply to lay eggs, often directly into the body of the host. See here. The most familiar wasps belong to Aculeata, a division of Apocrita, whose ovipositors are adapted into a venomous sting, though a great many aculeate species do not sting. Aculeata also contains ants and bees, and many wasps are commonly mistaken for bees, and vice-versa. In a similar respect, insects called “velvet ants” (the family Mutillidae) are technically wasps.(wiki)

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  • Shehan Fernando
    Shehan Fernandoalmost 4 years ago

    simply awesome:)

  • Thank you so much Shehan :o)

    – main1

  • Josh Gudde
    Josh Guddealmost 4 years ago

    Great work, as always : )

  • Thank you so very much :-)

    – main1

  • atomikboy
    atomikboyalmost 4 years ago
  • lol :) I like to see what my pictures will look like sometimes so I put them here first .. That way if I don’t like it I can remove it without bothering anyone on my watch list. If you remove something and people try to “click” on it it takes them to the redbubble main page and that makes some people a little mad :( Love the kitty avatar .. yours??

    – main1

  • atomikboy
    atomikboyalmost 4 years ago

    Yep!!!…..I was like,wait….if you’ve been plaguarised,how did they get the image up before you….hahahahahaha.

  • lol that would be something .. physic plagiarism!!

    – main1

  • Helena Bolle
    Helena Bollealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful pic, as always :)

    Parasitic wasps are so interesting. Particularly those that change the behaviour of their host by somehow short-circuiting their survival instincts.

  • Very true!! I am a Nat Geo fan and love the shows on insects :) I have seen several shows on it!! Thank you so much!!

    – main1

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 4 years ago

    WOW and Wow again, totally amazing

  • Thank you ever so much :))

    – main1

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    superb

  • Etwin
    Etwinalmost 4 years ago

    Another great macro !!

  • SnappyMatt
    SnappyMattalmost 4 years ago

    weird weird weird little critters, amazing shot making the tiny things gigantic, i feel like flicking his nose and running away

  • Enivea
    Eniveaalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous amazing creature!

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