Pollinator wasp

Charlotte Jander
June 20, 2017
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petri dishes with wasps on fruit
Charlotte Jander

A female wasp squeezes her way into a fig fruit (losing her wings in the process.) If she is carrying pollen, she pollinates the tiny flowers inside the fruit and lays her eggs in the seeds that form. In this image, wasps are emerging from the fig seeds as they hatch.

Credit: Charlotte Jander