A very weird insect indeed...


Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 12:55
Photographing this tiny strange insect was quite challenging and not altogether successful!
I have never seen one before - the book says it is a Gasteruption Jaculator (I kid you not) and is a parasitic wasp. It is surprising fast and agile, I flattened a battery trying to capture it in flight.

Taken with K5 and Pentax 100mm macro, handheld, range 2 - 3 feet.

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Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 13:14
third image tops
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Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 13:31
well captured, that is a strange one
odd lens or 2



Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 13:38
"Gasteruption Jaculator (I kid you not) and is a parasitic wasp" - Yet another day when I learn something new. Thank you!

Excellent spot and well done getting the shots. The bug-in-flight shot is the highlight (you presumably knew that already), but all three together make a fine set.

"I flattened a battery trying to capture it in flight." - Was that when you threw it at the bug in exasperation???

Last Edited by Lubbyman on 25/07/2019 - 13:38


Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 13:45
What a spot and capture,
Super shooting.

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Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 16:43
The one in flight is superb, well done !!


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Samyang 14mm F2.8, Pentax DFA* 70-200 F2.8

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Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 21:19
Thank you all for your comments.
Steve: My aim must have been better than I thought - the wasp is back on the Fennel this evening minus its ovipositor



Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 22:23
All super photographs and great to see such a critter


Link Posted 25/07/2019 - 23:32
Persistence paid off - for you if not the wasp! The odd one visits my garden but I've never had the camera with me. Well done!
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