You are here:

Entomology (Study of Bugs)/microscopic wasps from skin infection

Advertisement


Question
from elbow wound
from elbow wound  

from elbow wound2
from elbow wound2  
Can you identify this microscopic wasps?  I've had skin infections for a couple of years now but only got a microscope recently and was able to take pictures of it. It must be some sort of parasite, and I'd really appreciate it if you could identify it for me.  This is a picture of one of several but I this page will only allow 2 images so I'm sending a full body image and a head image.  I have different views of all of them if there's a way to send you more images and you want to see them.  Thank you.

Answer
Lawana:

Ok, this one really *is* a wasp, but no wasps (or aphids, your other image was of an aphid) are every connected to skin infections.  Flies, perhaps, but not wasps or aphids.

This specimen is a female braconid wasp:

http://bugguide.net/node/view/170

The "stinger" is actually an egg-laying organ called an "ovipositor."  These are beneficial insects that are parasites of other insects, including many pest species.

Again, neither insect would be related to an infection.

Eric  

Entomology (Study of Bugs)

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Eric R. Eaton

Expertise

I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

Publications
Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.