Pending ID – Flatidae
#2. Flatid nymph parasitised by a Dryininae wasp.
Late February 2015
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
The wasp larvae develops inside the nymph. When it grows large enough its body hangs out, surrounded by a protective bag (thylacium). The bag is filled with its shed larval exoskeletons. The Flatid nymph lives on until the adult wasp breaks out of the thylacium, where it then consumes the nymph.
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