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  Mantis Parasitic Wasp (Podagrion sp)





Mantis Parasitic Wasp | Podagrion sp photo
Female showing long ovipositor.

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Mantis Parasitic Wasp | Podagrion sp photo
Males have no tail !

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Mantis Parasitic Wasp | Podagrion sp photo
These tiny wasps emerged from this mantis ootheca.

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Mantis Parasitic Wasp | Podagrion sp photo
Close up of the ovipositor showing the sharp point for penetrating the mantis egg case.

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Mantis Parasitic Wasp | Podagrion sp photo
Caught in the act. A Mantis Parasitic Wasp laying eggs in a mantis ootheca.

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Mantis Parasitic Wasp | Podagrion sp photo
Mantis Parasitic Wasp laying eggs in a mantis ootheca.

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
This tiny wasp lays its eggs in the egg case (ootheca) of the Mantis. It has metallic blue/green head and thorax. The abdomen is brown. The rear legs are strong and toothed and used to clasp onto the wings of a female mantis. The wasp is transported around by the mantis until the mantis makes her egg case. The wasp can then deposit her eggs into the fresh frothy mantis ootheca before it hardens.

Size
3mm

Breeding
The female lays pushes here ovipositor (spike at rear) into the mantis ootheca and lays her eggs. The larvae hatch and eat the mantis eggs. The young wasps emerge from the ootheca.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Torymidae
Genus:Podagrion
Species:sp
Common Name:Mantis Parasitic Wasp