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  Gasteruptiid Wasp (Gasteruption sp)





Gasteruptiid Wasp | Gasteruption sp photo
Gasteruptiid Wasp - male

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Gasteruptiid Wasp | Gasteruption sp photo
This female Gasteruptiid Wasp has a long white-tipped ovipositor.

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Gasteruptiid Wasp | Gasteruption sp photo
Male Gasteruptiid wasp in flight. Despite their gangly appearance, they have a smooth hovering flight as they approach flowers, and can change direction and dart away quite quickly.

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Gasteruptiid Wasp | Gasteruption sp photo
Male Gasteruptiid wasp

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GASTERUPTIID WASP FACTS

Identification
This Gasteruptiid wasp is mainly grey with white "feet". It has a long thin abdomen and long legs. The male has a white tipped abdomen and the female has a white-tipped ovipositor that is as long as the body.

Size
20mm body length

Habitat
seen in suburban garden

Food
adults feed on nectar

Breeding
They lay eggs inside the cells of solitary bees and wasps. The larvae feed on the host and its food store.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Gasteruptiidae
Genus:Gasteruption
Species:sp
Common Name:Gasteruptiid Wasp