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Canon PowerShot G7
Manual/macro mode, hand held, IS = On
1/500 sec. @ f/3.2 ISO 100
"My Colors" = neutral, AWB
Onboard flash @ 1/3, second curtain
Heavily overcast skies, confined to local area above 6,000ft.
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The critter was crawling on about a 2.5 inch OD handrail at the concessions stand. I just happened to notice it while slurpping a cup of hot coffee and munching on a piece of pecan pie. Got the curiosity of a park ranger and he asked; "whadda ya shoot'n?" "I dunno I said, some wasp looking thingy."
Thanks Gordon I did some reading up on these things and several referrences suggested Arotes as well. It was amazing to find out that these insects use a polydnavirus to suppress the hosts immune system so that the eggs will not be destroyed by the same and the polydnavirus is only replicated in specific cells of the female ichneumon wasps reproductive system and that there is a mutualistic or symbiotic relationship involved between the two.