Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Is this a damselfly pollinating my Eucomis?

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Name: Patti
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Sunlover
Feb 15, 2015 1:35 AM CST
What a striking insect. I am working on identifying it but is looks like a type of damselfly to me. Confused Eucomis is attracting all sorts of insects and butterflies I have not seen before on any of my other plants.

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kniphofia
Feb 15, 2015 4:13 AM CST
Not a damselfly. Looks like a type of wasp.
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Zencat
Feb 15, 2015 2:10 PM CST
Looks like a wasp of some sort to me, too. That long appendage out the back looks like an ovapositor, which would make this a female.
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mellielong
Feb 15, 2015 6:54 PM CST
I don't know, but I really like that picture! Thumbs up The insect ID forum might know for sure. Those folks are awesome.
Name: Patti
Australian Alps (Zone 8a)
I will never act my age.
Sempervivums Keeps Horses Cactus and Succulents Region: Australia Sedums Vegetable Grower
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Sunlover
Feb 15, 2015 8:38 PM CST
Thank You!

Wasp? Yeesh. We can get some nasty ones here. I just spotted another European Wasp this morning. Still, it is a beautiful insect.

Ahh I didn't think of the Insect ID forum, I will post it over there (unless a moderator will move this for me) Smiling

ETA: Found it! It is a parasitic wasp called a Gasteruptiid Wasp - Gasteruption sp.

http://anic.ento.csiro.au/inse...
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