Eucharitid wasp in Pheidole bicarinata nest
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

Wasps in the family Eucharitidae are specialist parasitoids of ants.  Here is a young adult (the blue insect at lower right) in the brood nest of its host, Pheidole bicarinata

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Pinery Canyon Road, Chiricahua Mts. 31º58.250'N 109º19.650'W 1720m.  Riparian forest, wasps in ant nest under stone.
15.viii.2006 A.L.Wild #AW2854.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.