The end of a saga

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The end of a saga

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A story that started in 2008 with a shot of a mating bundle of chalcid wasps and ended this year with a shot of the wasp ovipositing into an aquilegia seed pod.

Brian V.


Mating bundle of chalcid wasps on aquilegia flower taken in 2008
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2010
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Small flies mating on aquilegia taken in 2007
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Small fly ovipositing on aquilegia 2014. I also had a shot of the chalcid wasps which a flickr expert told me were host and parasitoid. The fly is Phytomyza krygeri and the chalcid wasp Seladerma simplex
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At last this year a shot of the chalcid wasp ovipositing into the developing seed pod of aquilegia.
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Cool sequence! =D>
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ChrisR wrote:Cool sequence! =D>
Thanks Chris. It was great to find out what the wasps were doing on the flower

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Post by Rudi »

Now, thats a long story Brian....Your patience has been rewarded. Very difficult to capture these little buggers, they never seem to stop... !!
All great shots, with the last one being my favourite....
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Interesting.
Thanks for posting.
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I really enjoyed this series of pictures.
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Amazing!

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Rudi wrote:Now, thats a long story Brian....Your patience has been rewarded. Very difficult to capture these little buggers, they never seem to stop... !!
All great shots, with the last one being my favourite....
Troels wrote:Interesting.
Thanks for posting.
JH wrote:I really enjoyed this series of pictures.
/Jörgen
razashaikh wrote:Amazing!
Thanks all for the comments - glad you enjoyed the story.
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Post by ldflan »

Very nice. But I am confused. Does the seladerma create a gall on ovipositing on the plant? Or is it a parasitoid of the fly? What's the life cycle?

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ldflan wrote:Very nice. But I am confused. Does the seladerma create a gall on ovipositing on the plant? Or is it a parasitoid of the fly? What's the life cycle?
The fly lays it's egg in the flower, the fly larva starts eating the developing seeds in the seed pod then the chalcid wasp Seladerma lays it's egg into the fly larva or pupa which is then consumed by the wasp larva.

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Post by ldflan »

Delightful. Hymenoptera. Always doing something bizarre. That's a great series of pics, then. I'm nine months into a diplolepis rosae project. Some decent footage of ovipositing behaviors; tracking a 2mm wasp filming in macro mode is tough.

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