Photography by Max E. Badgley (1922-2006)
Eupelmid Egg Wasps (Anastatus spp.) are tiny wasps in the Family Eupelmidae. They are egg parasitoids, and are often hyperparasitoids, which is to say that their larvae may live inside parasitoid larva which may live inside the moth larvae they prey upon. The genus Anastatus includes many tiny species, all of which are parasitoids of insect eggs.
In the above photo, an adult Anastatus appears to be feeding on a liquid, most likely placed there to entice the insect to stop, feed, and pose--just long enough for a good photo shoot. Over the many years that he performed as an insect photographer, Max used a myriad of tricks to coax the insects he photographed into posing for him.
* TERMITE ENCOUNTERS * SNAKE ENCOUNTERS * SNAKE BITE FIRST AID * SNAKE EXCLUSION * SPIDER ENCOUNTERS FOR 2008 * SPIDER ENCOUNTERS FOR 2007 * SPIDER BITE FIRST AID * SPIDER EXTERMINATION * PUSS CATERPILLAR ENCOUNTERS * PUSS CATERPILLAR FIRST AID * PUSS CATERPILLAR EXTERMINATION * Assembled & Edited by Jerry Cates . Questions? Corrections? Comments? BUG ME RIGHT NOW! ---- Ph: 512-331-1111 ---- E-Mail ---- Privacy ----BugsInTheNews * --0a0s--