remember that strange insect that i wrote about last october?
well, i found some more of those ichneumon wasps, a few days later – and this time, i also did video! it took me a little longer to actually get it done, but here it is…
thanks to frau notanativa for introducing me to the music!
oh, and …believe me or not: i didn’t add the drilling machine noise. somebody nearby started drilling just that exact moment!
things you might want to pay attention to:
- in the beginning, she (must be a female, because she’s laying eggs…) is sniffling around, like a dog that’s following a track. just that in this case, the “track” is the smell of a fungus, as mentioned in the previous post.
- even after “setting up the borer”, she keeps checking (smelling) to find the right position.
- at 00:24 seconds, you can see her bend away the protection cover, revealing the actual (extremely thin) ovipositor
- right afterwards, she starts to rotate, to ease the process of drilling into the wood.