Tiny, ubiquitous, and comprising many thousands of species, parasitoid wasps extract a heavy toll on their hosts, with many species responsible for keeping other insect populations in check. Here, a female wasp (Anastus sp.), just a few millimeters in length, drills her ovipositer into the eggshell of an Atlas Moth (Attacus atlas), the world's largest moth. Her developing larvae will consume the contents of the egg and pupate therein before emerging as adults. Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo).
- © Chien C. Lee
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Apocrita, Bombycoidea, Borneo, Chalcidoidea, East Malaysia, Eupelmidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Lepidoptera, Malaysia, Proctotrupomorpha, Sarawak, Saturniidae, Southeast Asia, animal, arthropod, chalcidoid wasp, egg, fauna, giant silk moth, insect, invertebrate, moth, parasite, parasitic, parasitism, parasitoid, saturniid moth, tropical, wasp
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- Borneo, Insects, Parasites & Parasitoids