Cuckoo Wasp Found on Window Screen : 2013

Photograph by

Daniel Kariko

About this image

Extreme close-up view of the head of a cuckoo wasp. Cuckoo wasps belong in the family Chrysidae, with over 3000 known species. Common names also include jewel wasp, gold wasp or emerald wasp, reflecting their brilliantly coloured, metal-like bodies. Most species are cleptoparasites – laying their eggs in host nests where their larvae eat the host egg or larvae. This image is part of a series investigating our often-overlooked housemates, a result of the expansion of our habitat into rural areas, and is a composite of light microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. School for Art and Design, East Carolina University, Greenville, U.S.A