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March 27, 2007

Wasp Species T. kaykai

Wasp Species T. kaykai

Trichogramma kaykai female parastoid wasp parasitizing a butterfly egg. The female will lay from two to three eggs inside the butterfly egg. The resulting wasp larvae consume the butterfly egg and after about 2 weeks, the wasp's offspring will emerge from the butterfly egg. This wasp species occurs throughout the Mojave Desert. The genus Trichogramma has about 200 named species and are very small (~1 millimeter).

This image was taken as part of National Science Foundation-supported research grant 03-28363. (Date of Image: 1999) [See Related Image.]

Credit: Duotone Wageningen, The Netherlands

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