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.
Very small wasp (~3mm) flits around in a bare patch of sandy soil. She is part of the Scelionidae family of wasps and is looking for grasshopper eggs to parasitise. Woodgate, Qld.
Brachymeria Wasp Ovipositing
Black chalcid wasp lays her eggs into a cocoon inside a curled leaf. The caterpillar's shed skin with head attached is under the coccoon on the left. Kyogle, NSW.
A solid little chalcid wasp (Brachymeria sp.) parasitises caterpillar cocoons on a hibiscus shrub. Kyogle, NSW.
Black And White Wasp II
Tiny black and white wasp looks for something. Kyogle, NSW.
Black And White Wasp I
Tiny black and white wasp looks for something while an even smaller wasp photobombs. Kyogle, NSW.
Blue Micro Wasp
Blue wasp looks for something on a plant stem. Kenmore, Qld.
Black chalcid wasp looks for something on the bark of a tree. Kenmore, Qld.
Very small chalcid wasp on a gum leaf. Kyogle, NSW.
Cuckoo Wasp Drinking
Chrysididae cuckoo wasp drinks from a nectary on an Hibiscus leaf. Deepwater, Qld.
Yellow Paper Wasp
Small yellow paper wasp on a Hibiscus leaf. Deepwater, Qld.
Large Yellow Wasp
Large yellow and black wasp forages on the underside of an Hibiscus leaf. Deepwater, Qld.
Male Velvet Ant
Winged male velvet ant (Mutillidae). Charleville, Qld.
Green Velvet Ant
Metallic greent velvet ant (Mutillidae), possibly a mimic of the green head ant, drinks from a drop of water on glavanised iron. Kyogle, NSW.