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“Filming this changed how I see wasps!”

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“When I picture a wasp, I think it’s something like this,” Dr. Adrian Smith indicates at the start of this Ant Lab video. “This is the intimidating stare of a bald-faced hornet.”

“And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous filming this one up close and in flight. This wasp lives in a colony and defends its nest with a venom-injecting stinger.

“But social wasps like this represent less than 1% of all wasp species. As I found out filming the rest of the insects in this video, most of them are creatures that live vastly different lives.”

Take a look at some of the solitary wasps that changed Smith’s perceptions, including the Braconid wasp and Aulacid wasp (below). These parasitoids deposit eggs on or in the bodies of other arthropods to provide nutrition and protection, often at the host’s expense.

aulacid wasp
Footage was captured by filming at 6,000fps, except where noted. Other species include: Cotesia congregata, also known as the tobacco hornworm parasitoid, a sawfly, a wood wasp (below), ichneumonid wasps, and a wingless Lelaps argenticoxa.

wood wasp
Follow Ant Lab on YouTube. There’s also more on Adrian Smith’s Instagram.

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Bonus topic: Parasitism.

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