Orange Caterpillar Parasite Wasp - Netelia producta by skyhorse
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I was sitting at Lilydale station, waiting for my train home, when this fellow caught my eye on the wall … I think it is a red wasp, but not sure.

Canon Powershot G10, macro setting & lens on top of bug!

if you are interested in more information, follow the wondeful link provided by my friend Larry in the comments

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Comments

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    A good capture, great macro …

  • thanks Tom, very much appreciated :-D

    – skyhorse

  • eelsblueEllen
    eelsblueEllenover 5 years ago

    Wow, cool little guy he is.

  • glad you like him, thanks for stopping by :-D

    – skyhorse

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsover 5 years ago

    Excellent macro Sky!!

  • Oh thank you, I was so close at one point I was afraid I might squish him …

    – skyhorse

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    Excellent detail, don’t fancy that sting in the tail! The clearness of the wings is quite amazing.

  • Quite a nasty looking stinger alright, but he wasn’t remotely fussed about my closeness. Was very lucky to get the light on his wings, this was in the walkway between platforms & not very bright

    – skyhorse

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 5 years ago

    Lovely clear macro shot, it is unusual looking !!

  • Thanks Trudi, glad it wasn’t upset by my intrusion though

    – skyhorse

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 5 years ago

    No that stinger poking out it’s back end looks like it could give a nasty poke !!

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 5 years ago

    It’s an Ichneumon Wasp. Click on image.

  • Awesome link Larry, thank you so much!

    – skyhorse

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 5 years ago

    They are pretty harmless to humans.
    But they’re not as bad as the Bot Fly.
    These are mainly fruit eating.
    And I think they lay there eggs inside caterpillars.

  • The info on the site was good, very helpfuil. I’m a horse owner, you don’t have to tell me about those horrid, ugly bot flies!

    – skyhorse

  • Larry Lingard-Davis
    Larry Lingard-...over 5 years ago

    I Know…
    That’s why I mentioned them…

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! This beautiful picture is featured in Bees and Wasps group.

  • Wow, thank you for featuring my pretty orange friend :)

    – skyhorse

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