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Aphid mummy II... body snatcher revealed!

 
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Charles Krebs



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
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Location: Issaquah, WA USA

PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:09 am    Post subject: Aphid mummy II... body snatcher revealed! Reply with quote

A week ago I posted a couple shots of a parasitized aphid and the larva inside. http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2818

I put a couple of the "mummies" in a jar to see what emerged. Yesterday I found that one had chewed its way out. It was indeed a small parasitic wasp.

The top image shows the exit hole that the wasp made to get out. In this picture you can also see the "glue" that the larva had used to attach the aphid to the leaf.

The second shot is of the tiny wasp that emerged. (I calculated that the head is only about .03" wide). Had all sorts of complications trying to photograph the wasp last night... hopefully I've sorted things out and will get some better shots today, but this gives you an idea of what was inside.



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beetleman



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a feeling you were going to do this Charles and you never disappoint. Excellent follow up and beautiful photos.
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mowse



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2007 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Killer images. The wasp looks wet, shiny, and new. It practically leaps off of the screen. Well done.
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Sven Bernert



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is spectacular Charles! I’ll stop shooting macro now! Wink

What amazes me most is the way your subjects are lit at this magnification.

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Sven
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