Tiny wasp on butterfly's antenna?

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MacroLuv
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Tiny wasp on butterfly's antenna?

Post by MacroLuv »

Photographed today. :D
I noticed it only later on the screen.
First pic is full frame, second and third - cropped.
This antenna is for tiny wasp as like whole garden path for me.

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Model Canon EOS 7D
Date/time original 8.10.2010. 14:24:44
Shutter speed value 1/790 s
Aperture value f/5.7
ISO speed ratings ISO 250
Focal length 100 mm

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Post by Harold Gough »

I've not seen this sort of thing before. It could help the wasp, a weak flyer, to travel much greater distances than by using its own wings. However, it is probably just a one-off.

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Post by LordV »

Wonderful capture. Not seen pics of one on a butterfly antenna before but have seen them on other small bugs. With the latter there was a suspicion that the wasps were actually hitching a ride on the bug whose eggs they parasitise and were just waiting for the bug to lay it's eggs. Having said that Harold is probably correct- they are fairly weak flyers and may be just hitching a lift in most cases although I can think of more stable places than a butterfly's antenna :)

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Post by Ken Ramos »

A very unique set of images and a very good scale representation as to the size of the wasp. So tiny! :o

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Post by Harold Gough »

LordV wrote:Not seen pics of one on a butterfly antenna before but have seen them on other small bugs. With the latter there was a suspicion that the wasps were actually hitching a ride on the bug whose eggs they parasitise and were just waiting for the bug to lay it's eggs.
Before I posted my comment, I tried to see if the wasp has fringed wings. If it has, as in Brian's recent picture in another thread, that makes it a mymarid, a parasite of lepidopteran eggs, some (slim) evidence for it being there for the purpose of waiting for eggs to be laid. That is valid only if the butterfly is a female.

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Post by MacroLuv »

Thanks folks! :D

Harold Gough wrote:
LordV wrote:Not seen pics of one on a butterfly antenna before but have seen them on other small bugs. With the latter there was a suspicion that the wasps were actually hitching a ride on the bug whose eggs they parasitise and were just waiting for the bug to lay it's eggs.
Before I posted my comment, I tried to see if the wasp has fringed wings. If it has, as in Brian's recent picture in another thread, that makes it a mymarid, a parasite of lepidopteran eggs, some (slim) evidence for it being there for the purpose of waiting for eggs to be laid. That is valid only if the butterfly is a female.

Harold
Well, seems we have to find some gender specialist for butterflies! :-k
Any experienced here? :lol:

Sorry, if I noticed the wasp at time, could tried to make a better picture.
On most other photographs of this tandem, the wasp is not in decent focus.
Maybe this one is good also, but not enough for wasp indentification.
So wasp knows wich one is female?

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Model Canon EOS 7D
Date/time original 8.10.2010. 14:24:39
Shutter speed value 1/664 s
Aperture value f/5.7
ISO speed ratings ISO 250
Focal length 100 mm
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Noticing of my "a" and "the" and other grammar
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Post by ChrisLilley »

Very characterful photos that really show the tiny size of the wasp.

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Post by DQE »

What a treat! I'm sure everyone shares in enjoying such a surprise and such an interesting find.

The photos are very well executed and delightful as macro photos. The detail in the last one is especially enjoyable.
-Phil

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