Research Article

Nesting Behavior of Abispa ephippium (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Eumeninae): Extended Parental Care in an Australian Mason Wasp

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Stilbum cyanurum attacking a nest of A. ephippium. The parasite chews a hole through the nest wall (a), inserts her telescoping abdomen into the hole to oviposit (b), and refills the hole with mud. Inset shows the chrysidid larva consuming an Abispa ephippium pupa found in the cell upon later dissection.