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Sterictiphora gastrica

Time for some exotic sawfly sex!


Sterictiphora gastrica male (Hym. Argidae) pseudocopulating on the labellum of Ophrys subinsectifera (Orchidaceae), 23.v.2010, La Couvertoirade, France. The orchid inflorescence was brought back from Spain and attracted this male sawfly (its only pollinator known) that came out of the blue and started pseudocopulating on the labellum.

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Uploaded on May 24, 2010