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?
Mon, 17/10/2016 - 20:17#1
Tiny (phoretic?) wasp on butterfly antenna