Monday, March 8, 2010

Chalcid Wasp

There are over 450 species of Chalcid wasp found in Ireland and they are common in every garden. These beautiful insects are tiny, less than 2mm in length, and usually completely overlooked. At first glance they appear to be tiny midges but on closer inspection their metallic bodies are unmistakable. They are very active and this along with their size make them difficult to photograph. Most species are parasitic on the eggs or larvae of other insects such as butterflies, moths, flies and beetles.

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