Major worker. Brackenridge Field Lab, Austin, Texas, USA
Portrait of a parasitic wasp. Austin, Texas, USA.
Portrait of one of Texas's most distinctive parasitic wasps. Austin, Texas, USA.
Austin, Texas, USA
A paper wasp foundress stands guard. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
A paper wasp foundress tends to her eldest larva in early summer. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
A paper wasp foundress stands guard over her early summer nest. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
Australia's common red paper wasp. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.
Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia.
Tower Hill Reserve, Victoria, Australia.
A potter wasp (Vespidae: Eumeninae) carries a paralyzed caterpillar back to her nest. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
A mud-dauber attempts to stuff one more spider into an already packed cell. These wasps find and paralyze dozens of spiders per day to provision their nests. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
The common mud-dauber wasp with a nearly completed set of cells. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
A mud-dauber wasp poses with a partially completed set of cells. This spider-eating species is common across Australia. Yandoit, Victoria, Australia.
A small braconid wasp delicately threads her ovipositor into a dead tree branch to reach her target. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
A late season gall wasp. Austin, Texas, USA.
Ichneumonid wasps show a vast diversity of colors and forms. Austin, Texas, USA.
Portrait of a parastic wasp. The family Ichneumonidae is among the most species rich of all animal families. Austin, Texas, USA.
A spider wasp cleans her legs by passing them through brushes in her mouthparts. Austin, Texas, USA.
This small spider wasp (Pompilidae: Ageniella accepta) has removed the legs from a spider she has paralyzed so as to ease its transport. Austin, Texas, USA.
The ubiquitous parasitoid wasp family Ichneumonidae presents a nearly limitless array of colors, shapes, and sizes. Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
The night-flying parasitoid Enicospilus can be recognized by its unique patterns of wing veins. Austin, Texas, USA.
A potter wasp visits a fall goldenrod. Austin, Texas, USA.
Pachodynerus & Brachygastra
Two vespid wasps, the social Brachygastra mellifica and the solitary Pachodynerus, have converged on a similar mimetic pattern, presumably to advertise the sting of both species. Austin, Texas, USA.
This small wasp (Eulophoidae: Elasmus) is a parasitoid of common Polistes paper wasps. Austin, Texas, USA.
Focus-stacked portrait of a Mexican honey wasp. Kingsville, Texas, USA.
An intimate act of pollination: a honey bee with a rock rose (Pavonia lasiopetala). Austin, Texas, USA.
Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Social wasps like this tropical Mischocyttarus often protect their young from ant predation by suspending their nests on long, thin stalks. Refugio Amazonas, Tambopata, Peru.
Gigantiops destructor, worker
Peru, Tambopata: Puerto Maldonado
12.5984ºS 69.2179ºW 200m
30.vii.2016 A.L.Wild #ALW5709
Metamorphosis in the common mud dauber: larva, pupa, recently eclosed adult. Austin, Texas, USA.
Eggs and larvae in a mid-season nest of the common paper wasp Polistes exclamans. Austin, Texas, USA.
Metamorphosis of the common paper wasp from eggs (top) to larvae, pupae, and emerging adults. Austin, Texas, USA.
A female velvet ant showing the black/red coloration typical of many species in Texas. Velvet ant species often converge on similar regional color patterns. Elgin, Texas, USA.
Spilopteron sp. - Ichneumon wasp
A male wasp sips nectar from a dill flower. Although less celebrated than bees as pollinators, wasps may also plan an important role. South Bristol, NY, USA.
A large nest of Mexican honey wasps. San Antonio, Texas, USA.