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Parasitic Wasp?

Parasitic Wasp?
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
April 2, 2008
Size: ~2.5mm
I noticed in an image of some aphids that there were holes cut in a few of them. There were quite a few of these aphids in this group which looked swollen and dead. Out of curiousity, I collected the bamboo leaf with the small aphid colony and placed it in a sealed container.

A couple of days later, there were about half a dozen of these tiny wasps flying around in the container. I managed to get some images of one and let them all go later.

You can see the nice round holes in a few of the aphids. Did these wasps live inside the aphids as larvae and emerge later as adults?

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Fascinating!
I found a strange hard dead aphid that looked like one of these, though I didn't notice a hole. It was also on bamboo. I'll have to go look at my photos again.

Moved
Moved from Braconid Wasps.

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