Cuckoo Wasp – Southeastern Oregon

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Jim Dowling
Jim Dowling works as a Field Lab Naturalist at Whiskeytown Environmental School. He’s a retired teacher and ex-railroad brakeman/conductor. He takes pictures, gardens and, on occasion, spins a decent yarn.
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  1. Ginny says:

    I had never heard of this Wasp.  I looked up in Wikipedia to know something.  Thank you for your shot of this type of Wasp.   They do have beautiful colors……..

    • Jim Dowling Jim Dowling says:

      They are known as parasitoids.  They use other species to raise their young, usually laying their eggs in a host “nest” (like the cuckoo bird).    Freeloaders of the insect world.  But beautiful, too.

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