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Video: Blue Butterflies, Red Ants and an Ichneumon.

From Life in the Undergrowth, this clip shows the amazing relationship between the Alcon blue butterfly (Phengaris alcon), a brood parasite of red ants (Myrmica scabrinodis,¬†Myrmica rubra and Myrmica ruginodis) and the ichneumon wasp (Ichneumon […]

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Parasitoid, Predator and Prey

A parasitic wasp of the genus Callaspidia (Hymenoptera, Family Figitidae, Subfamily Aspiceratinae) laying eggs in a syrphid (hoverfly) larva. Photographed on 31 July, 2010 in Edmonton, Alberta. This is similar to one of the photographs […]

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Moffett Births a Botfly

Dr. Bugs meets Alien. I’ll let him explain it… Hat tip to Punctuated Equilibrium

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The ‘Stump Stabber’ – An Ichneumon Wasp

While our daughter volunteered at Fort Edmonton this last weekend, my wife and I roamed the river valley around the fort. While we paused at a bench, I noticed a slender wasp ‘feeling’ its way […]

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A Thick-headed Fly (but no dolt…)

(Extracted and adapted from a previous post at Voyages Around My Camera) While it is a flower feeder, this thick-headed fly (likely Physocephala furcillata of the Family Conopidae)¬† is a parasite of solitary bees and […]

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