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A year ago I wrote about the moth larvae I’d found living inside Teasel seed heads (Inside a Teasel seed head, July 2021). This year, during my recent walks, I’ve noticed small parasitic wasps on many of the flowering Teasels I’ve seen. I haven’t been able to identify these wasps but it occurs to me that they may been seeking that same species of larvae I saw last year, prodding and poking with those fierce-looking ovipositors until they found a soft body in which to lay their eggs.

220804 parasitic wasp on teasel