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Parasitic wasps on sandpaper fig 7431

Parasitic wasps on fruit of the sandpaper fig (three photos):

The figs, on a very small, immature, tree are only about pea size, so the body length of each wasp is only a couple of millimetres.

The reading I've done suggests that they are parasitising the larvae of the (even smaller!) 'fig wasps' which pollinate the fig. Their ovipositors are 150% of their body length, very strong for their thickness, and supported in action by a peculiar structure emerging from the underside of the abdomen.

ID help is *very* welcome, since I can't even place them to family.

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Taken on October 15, 2017