Not caterpillars. Wasps!

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Not caterpillars. Wasps!

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Parasitic ones. That *was* a surprise. I've been waiting a week for these eggs to hatch and wondered why a little "fly" was hanging around after the first couple hatched (unseen). Now I know.

One got in the freezer, somehow. Oh well, I can think of a use for that in a day or two :D

Handheld, 30-image focus stack with Minolta DImage lens @ 2.5x. Lit by a single strobe shining on a diffuser over the subject.
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Nice find, nice image!

Judging from the circular "hatches" surrounded by rings of small pegs, I'm guessing the normal hatchlings would have been hemiptera nymphs, not caterpillars.

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Thanks Rik, I think you're right. I get heaps of those around the garden. Here's another processed from yesterdays snap-fest. Short, 7-image stack. Same lens etc as above.
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Beautifully done!
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Here's the wasp that fell into the freezer.

I mounted this on a bent pin with bevel-adhesive, a UV-cured resin. Unfortunately, my UV torch battery had run out and I didn't notice (eyes closed) and shone nothing at the mount for 20 seconds. When I lifted the mount, it flopped upside down hanging from the still-wet resin. I zapped it with another UV torched to harden it before the wasp got sucked into a nearby blob. Sadly, it was mounted permanently upside down and the pin can't be re-bent or it might break. So it was shot and stacked upside down too and only flipped for export.

The wasp's body is just under 3mm long - nose to stinger.
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It looks beautiful. Insects are a magnificent and mysterious extraordinary world. If I had such photos, I would make collages on canvas prints. In addition to getting hypnotic beauty, you can also earn a lot of money if you sell them. In addition, the insect world is so diverse, and you can alternate with other insects. Butterflies, ants, spiders are the material for modern works of art. I am the one who will be the first to come to an exhibition of this kind of art. I even thought about the idea of immortalizing insects and plants on canvas with the help of special transparent resins.

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Yes, insects are indeed fascinating - as is everything tiny to the denizens of this place! :D

It's how these little machines, with only a few hundred neurons for a brain, can even *function*, let alone get around autonomously, that fascinates me. Mind boggling when you think about it, even superficially.

Thanks for your comment and welcome to the forum.

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UV-cured resin was mentioned.
A very useful permanent-mounting resin, available in Canada, is "Bondic". Comes in an applicator with a 'nozzel' about the diam. of a small hypodermic.
I use it, works well! Not cheap but one uses so little.
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That's interesting. Presumably the insects have to be properly dried (at least). Is there any other prep?

And of course, insects have been preserved and presented for display in pine resin for nearly two centuries already. As microscope slide mounts using Canada balsam.

Not forgetting the naturally resin-preserved insects of course - up to 100 million years in amber. Not much new under the sun, eh? :D

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Virginuso is a spambot :(

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Scarodactyl wrote:
Mon Jun 28, 2021 8:18 am
Virginuso is a spambot :(
Banned. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Nice, I've seen similar eggs many times, I'll have to pay more attention to it.

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