Tapinoma sessile

Tapinoma sessile

Coptera Juniper Female

Our lab's first new species! Right now we're calling it Coptera new sp.1, but a real name will follow. It's a pupal parasitoid of Rhagoletis juniperina, collected by Serdar Satar and Jim Smith in East Lansing, MI.

Apple maggot fly

The apple maggot fly, Rhagoletis pomonella. This fly is one of the best examples of ecological speciation, wherein adaptation to different ecological niches promotes genetic differentiation between populations.

parasitic wasp Diachasma alloeum

The parasitic wasp Diachasma alloeum, emerging from the puparium of an unfortunate Rhagoletis pomonella fly.

Conura albifrons

Conura albifrons, reared from pupae of Neochlamisus bebbianae. Specimen courtesy of Dan Funk. Note the huge swelling on the hind limb.The thin white loop at the bottom is glue; mounting tiny parasitoids is hard.

gin soaked fly