dont get too close, i may have a bug

i took this the other day on what i had expected to be a leisurely walk round a nature reserve – however once there, i saw that the place was literally buzzing! – and then spent the next 4 hours hardly moving - macro lens in hand

 

suffices to say iv got the macro bug again!

 

*** warning – the shots below are not for the very squeamish ***

 

everyone knows i love ladybirds, so this was a bit or a gory one for me – but quite fascinating

 

the below shots show a couple of ladybirds that have had a parasite

 

laid by a parasitic wasp, these larvae then break out the ladybird (this can be seen in the 1st shot below)

 

then the larvae spins its self into a cocoon which its ‘host’ then unwillingly protects!

 

the 2nd shot is the same pair as the 1st shot - but a bit later when it had started spinning

 

the 3rd shot is another pair I found – further down the process as the larvae was completely wrapped up

 

there is more information on this phenomena on the BBC WEBSITE

 

(PLEASE NO AWARDS OR PICTURES OR FLASHY BADGES)

 

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Taken on May 21, 2012