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This forum is a place to discuss matters related to BWARS and general matters related to aculeates.

 

It is not intended as a forum for identification queries. We may add this feature in due course, but meanwhile, if you need help identifying bees, wasps and ants, please use either iSpot or the BWARS forum on Yahoo.

 

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An introduction to Aculeate identification - Reading

A workshop presented by Mike Edwards, part of the British Entomological & Natural History Society 2016 workshop series.  A one day workshop taking place at the BENHS headquarters at Dinton Pastures near Reading.  The workshop will start with an introductory presentation and then move into the collections room to use the microscopes and reference collection for practical identification of specimens. Please feel free to bring your specimens to the workshop.  Booking is essential and is open to non-BENHS members.

Date: 26 November 2016 10:30 am - 4:00 pm 

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Sat, 26/11/2016

Tiny (phoretic?) wasp on butterfly antenna

I took lots of photographs of this particular Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly in our Staffordshire garden. Checking the images on my computer, I noticed that a couple of the shots showed a minuscule wasp on the tip of the butterfly's antenna. I've attached a composite image showing the butterfly and the wasp (inset). It's almost definitely a wasp and I was wondering whether I had accidently recorded one of the phoretic species that are egg parasitoids. Is this likely?

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