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Megastigmus rosae - Male On request, just making two images of a male M. rosae available in somewhat higher res than on waarneming.nl<br />
NOTE: The wings on this one didn&#039;t quite come out nicely (not fully pumped op / straightened properly)<br />
Image mostly goes to demonstrate darker overall colours (compared to the females) with the conspicuous yellow tip of the abdomen.<br />
The species was recently identified as &quot;new&quot; for the Netherlands, from this population in Jane&#039;s garden. Males seemed to be quite rare (mostly parthenogentic reproduction, probably), but this year Jane spotted quite a few males from a second generation that emerged over the last week. This one emerged from a rose hip that she had put in a box for other purposes, so she had it in a box. Unfortunately the wings didn&#039;t come out quite right on this one.<br />
Image of same (damaged) male, grooming:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139498/megastigmus_rosae_-_male_grooming.html" title="Megastigmus rosae - Male (grooming)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/139498_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1678320010&Signature=npowSVoiqrGuQ%2Fl9w8oiO9znN6A%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Megastigmus rosae - Male (grooming) On request, just making two images of a male M. rosae available in somewhat higher res than on waarneming.nl<br />
NOTE: The wings on this one didn&#039;t quite come out nicely (not fully pumped op / straightened properly).<br />
More info with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139497/megastigmus_rosae_-_male.html Chalcid wasp,Chalcidoidea,Jane&#039;s garden,Megastigmus,Megastigmus rosae,Rosa rugosa,Torymidae,nl: Rimpelroos" /></a></figure><br />
P.S. For comparison, another male with good wings and darker colour:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139531/megastigmus_rosae_-_male_darker.html" title="Megastigmus rosae - Male (darker)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/139531_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1678320010&Signature=CWhWiydBKkfok%2FbyOYnWlAZ6HBc%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Megastigmus rosae - Male (darker) Had another chance to shoot a male of this species today. This time with wings that came out right, but also a good deal darker than yesterday&#039;s specimen. So decided to upload it for reference.<br />
Yesterday&#039;s male with bodged up wings and lighter colour here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139497/megastigmus_rosae_-_male.html  Chalcid wasp,Chalcidoidea,Jane&#039;s garden,Megastigmus,Megastigmus rosae,Rosa rugosa,Torymidae,nl: Rimpelroos" /></a></figure> Chalcid wasp,Chalcidoidea,Jane's garden,Megastigmus,Megastigmus rosae,Rosa rugosa,Torymidae,nl: Rimpelroos Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Megastigmus rosae - Male

On request, just making two images of a male M. rosae available in somewhat higher res than on waarneming.nl
NOTE: The wings on this one didn't quite come out nicely (not fully pumped op / straightened properly)
Image mostly goes to demonstrate darker overall colours (compared to the females) with the conspicuous yellow tip of the abdomen.
The species was recently identified as "new" for the Netherlands, from this population in Jane's garden. Males seemed to be quite rare (mostly parthenogentic reproduction, probably), but this year Jane spotted quite a few males from a second generation that emerged over the last week. This one emerged from a rose hip that she had put in a box for other purposes, so she had it in a box. Unfortunately the wings didn't come out quite right on this one.
Image of same (damaged) male, grooming:

Megastigmus rosae - Male (grooming) On request, just making two images of a male M. rosae available in somewhat higher res than on waarneming.nl<br />
NOTE: The wings on this one didn't quite come out nicely (not fully pumped op / straightened properly).<br />
More info with this image:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139497/megastigmus_rosae_-_male.html Chalcid wasp,Chalcidoidea,Jane's garden,Megastigmus,Megastigmus rosae,Rosa rugosa,Torymidae,nl: Rimpelroos

P.S. For comparison, another male with good wings and darker colour:
Megastigmus rosae - Male (darker) Had another chance to shoot a male of this species today. This time with wings that came out right, but also a good deal darker than yesterday's specimen. So decided to upload it for reference.<br />
Yesterday's male with bodged up wings and lighter colour here:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/139497/megastigmus_rosae_-_male.html  Chalcid wasp,Chalcidoidea,Jane's garden,Megastigmus,Megastigmus rosae,Rosa rugosa,Torymidae,nl: Rimpelroos

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  1. Congrats on this superb image of a rarity! Posted 5 months ago

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Megastigmus rosae is a Chalcid wasp (Chalcidoidea) of the family Torymidae. The female deposits her eggs in Rose hips and the larvae feed on the seeds inside.

Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded Aug 13, 2022.