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Wasps Are Our Friends: Part I


I've had about enough of people unfairly picking on wasps, so I'm fighting back with a series of photographs showing the bright side of these fascinating insects.

Comperia merceti emerging from a parasitized cockroach egg case.

Comperia merceti is only a couple millimeters long, but it has an outsized effect on cockroaches. Young wasps of this species develop inside cockroaches' hardened egg cases, consuming the eggs. Like the vast majority of wasps, Comperia is not aggressive and does not sting.

photo details:

Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x lens on a Canon 20D

ISO 100, f/11, 1/200 sec

diffuse off-camera flash

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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