Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
Oviposit by shadowfire-x Oviposit by shadowfire-x
A beautiful female ichneumon, a close relative of wasps. She can't sting, that long thing sticking into the dead tree is an ovipositor. She has discovered wood-boring beetle larvae living inside the trunk, and will use one of their own tunnels to deposit an egg. Once it hatches, the resulting larva will parasitize the beetle grub. Ichneumons are a very important part of the ecosystem, as they keep populations of the tree-damaging boring beetles in check.

I personally also find them quite magnificent ;)
Add a Comment:
 
:icondeejay-alien:
DeeJay-Alien Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Stunning ptoto and adorable insect! :)
I love it! :heart:
Reply
:icondabbat:
Dabbat Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
this is an ammazing bug. i like its patern it is giving me design ideas so thanks for posting it
Reply
:iconspocklover:
SpockLover Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Augh!
I followed the link you posted in your comment, knowing it would be something terrifying.
It was.
I keep scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page, then slowly back up, peeking at it, then very quickly scrolling back down.
So scary!
Yet really kind of cool!
Reply
:iconsfair56:
sfair56 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
That is an awesome looking critter! Did Kelly tell you I tried to take a really close up picture of an ant the other day, and I got too close and squished it! Woops.
Reply
:iconshadowfire-x:
shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL! No, she hadn't told me that! Poor ant.. XD
Reply
:iconcreciableu:
Creciableu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
that is really bizarre looking! o-o Its interesting though. Ive never seen it before.
Reply
:iconshadowfire-x:
shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I couldn't tell you for sure what their range is, so it's entirely possible that they don't occur where you live. I only see them about two or three times a year, myself XD
Reply
:iconlightcarrier:
LightCarrier Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
fantastic picture of a fantastic insect! :D
and very interesting description of it! :) though I thought that they could sting people and lay their eggs in someone's skin/flesh :hmm: I guess the book I read was wrong on that part!
Reply
:iconshadowfire-x:
shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the compliments! Most ichneumons do not possess a stinger with which to sting. There is one family of smaller ichneumons that does have a short stinger, they use it to paralyze beetle larvae so that they may inject an egg or two directly inside. These insects are quite placid though, and I have only ever heard of them stinging in self-defense when roughly handled =)
Reply
:iconlightcarrier:
LightCarrier Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
thanks a LOT for the explanation :D
Reply
:iconshadowfire-x:
shadowfire-x Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! =D
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

Featured in Collections




Details

Submitted on
July 19, 2009
Image Size
3.5 MB
Resolution
3456×2592
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
492 (1 today)
Favourites
10 (who?)
Comments
11
Downloads
8

Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Aperture
F/4.5
Focal Length
10 mm
ISO Speed
80
Date Taken
Jul 19, 2009, 12:47:43 PM
×