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Rhipiphorus

Rhipiphorus

A female Rhipiphorus sp. wedge-shaped beetle lays an egg in an aster. These odd insects are parasites of bee larvae. On hatching, the young beetle grub will attempt to hitch a ride back to a bee's nest where it will attack the bee's own offspring. Shawnee National Forest, Illinois, USA

parasitesColeopteraentomologyparasitoid beetles

From Coleoptera: Beetles