Parasitic wasp larvae hatching from inside the living caterpillar host. The
female wasp will oviposit into the host’s body. The larvae will feed
inside the host until they are ready to pupate. Quite often the host is
dead by that point but if not, then the parasitoid will often eat its
way out of the host.

Honey bee (Apis cerana japonica) 


Annual bee season every year. This year we gather in Oppa’s garden. The queen nested from the old nest and worked bees who stored honey on their belly.

Whether the destination is being determined or in the middle.

The eight character dance that conveys the distance and direction is being done quietly.

Even so, for the first time this small group of bee …. Please do your best.



This hawk moth (most likely a Violet Gliding Hawk Moth (Ambulyx liturata, Sphingidae)) has been parasitized by an Akanthomyces fungus (probably Akanthomyces pistillariiformis), a Cordyceps anamorph peculiar to moths.

After killing the moth, the fungus then totally engulfs and embalms the corpse producing this macabre sight. (An entomopathogenic fungus is a fungus that can act as a parasite of insects and kills or seriously disables them.)

Pu’er, Yunnan, China.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr. See more Chinese insects and spiders on my Flickr site HERE