One male gall wasp sneaks up behind another while he waits for a female to emerge from the gall. Woodgate, Qld.
Male Gall Wasps II
Two male gall wasps explore either side of a leaf gall. They are competing over emerging females and are careful to keep away from each other. Woodgate, Qld.
Male Gall Wasps
Big wingless wasp, aka Velvet Ant (Mutillidae) is very shy. She will stay like this until she thinks it's safe to proceed. Woodgate, Qld.
Lady wasp lays eggs in a gall on the stem of a gum tree. She is adding to the multitude of scars on the surface of the gall. Her ovipositor is thinner than a human hair. Woodgate, Qld.
Micro Gall Wasp II
Lady wasp looks for a spot to lay eggs in a gum tree gall. The job must be harder with part of her antenna missing. Woodgate, Qld.
Micro Gall Wasp
Micro wasp cleans herself after laying eggs in a gall. She is resting on a stem which has been forced into a curl by the growth of the gall. Woodgate, Qld.
The larval stage of a parasitic wasp that preys on leafhoppers. Woodgate, Qld.
Velvet Ant Hiding
Shy velvet ant (Mutillidae) hides under a leaf on the sand. Woodgate, Qld.
Female Flower Wasp
Portrait of a female flower wasp. Woodgate, Qld.
Female flower wasp poses on the photographer's finger. Woodgate, Qld.
Wasp lays her eggs inside tiny moth eggs. Woodgate, Qld.
Also known as an Emerald Wasp, these beautiful wasps lay their eggs in other wasps nests. Woodgate, Qld.
Mating Flower Wasps
The rather undignified mating between two flower wasps. Woodgate, Qld.
Scelio wasp hunts through sand to find locust eggs to parasitise. Woodgate, Qld.