A lovely lady katydid with an unusually long ovipositor. Did you know that many katydids use ovipositors (egg-laying organs) to deposit their eggs in soil? With these long tail-like structures they can safely tuck their eggs into the soil and avoid having them shrivel up from dedication or being munched by a hungry predator. That sword like butt attests to how she's an adapted mom.
A #figwasp inserting her #ovipositor into a fig fruit/infloresence ( aka #synconium ). I really like this capture because the ovipositor is inserted into the synconium and clearly separated from the protective sheath in which it is usually hidden. Some wasps lay their eggs in the synconium, others parasitise fellow wasps larva that are growing inside the synconium.
Ovipositor and sheath of Aulacid wasp (Aulacidae, Pristaulacus spp.) #focusstack image by @santillanaale, August 22 2017.
USA, TX, Starr Co.
Falcon State Park
15.III.1999 A.W. Hook, J. Neff, R. Nelson coll.