BEAUTIFUL DEATH

CUCKOO WASP, FAMILY: CHRYSIDIDAE

This six millimetre cuckoo wasp’s pockmarked exoskeleton is designed to glint brilliant greens and blues in the sunlight! However, behind that beauty its extra thick skin designed to repel attacks by much larger wasps, as to let this individual into their nests would spell certain death for their young.

Brisbane, Queensland

Canon Eos 60D, Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens with Nikon CFI Plan 10x Objective, 1/250, f/5.6, ISO 100, Canon Speedlite 580EX II with diffuser flash, mounted

by James Dorey, Queensland