The Imperial Moth

Belonging to the family of moths called Saturniidae, the Imperial Moth can reach up to  six inches.  Many members of this family are large-bodied and short-lived as adults – typically living only one or two weeks and not feeding in this stage.  This female was attracted to lights during a national moth week event at Cuivre River State Park on July 31, 2016.

Imperial Moth - Saturniidae - Eacles imperialis, photographed at Cuivre River SP during national moth week.
Imperial Moth – Saturniidae – Eacles imperialis, photographed at Cuivre River SP during national moth week.

 

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Hyperparasite: Acroclisoides sp.

What an excellently captured example of hyperparasitism! A Fascinating case of Russian nesting dolls.

Aussie Bugs

Acroclisoides wasps are tiny insects that parasitise wasps that parasitise bugs. That’s right. Somehow, these wasps find a clutch of bug eggs (which are really small to start with) that have already been parasitised by a wasp and manage to get their little babies into those wasp larvae.

Hyperparasitic WaspAcroclisoides wasp (3mm long, max) investigates which of these bug eggs are most viable for her own egg deposit. She spent quite a lot of time wandering around ‘feeling’ with her antennae trying to work out where to lay her eggs. Mount Ommaney, QLD.

Hyperparasitic Wasp Even while I was shooting this wasp I had no idea of how beautiful she was. She’s a metallic gold and was very busy populating these bug eggs with her offspring. In this shot you can just see her starting to pierce the bug egg with her ovipositor. Mount Ommaney, QLD.

Hyperparasitic Wasp A shot from above while she is ovipositing. Her head…

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Shiny Flea Beetle

Shiny Flea Beetle - Chrysomelidae - Asphaera lustrans, Shaw Nature Reserve, MO
Shiny Flea Beetle – Chrysomelidae – Asphaera lustrans, Shaw Nature Reserve, MO

While investigating a patch of Maypop (Passiflora incarnataI could not find my goal of the Passion Flower Flea Beetle, but I was still happy to find a number of Shiny Flea Beetles – Chrysomelidae – Asphaera lustrans.

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Shiny Flea Beetle – Chrysomelidae – Asphaera lustrans, Shaw Nature Reserve, MO

 

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Shiny Flea Beetle – Chrysomelidae – Asphaera lustrans, Shaw Nature Reserve, MO