While fig chamber is believed to be a safe nursery room for wasps, yesterday I unluckily met a not-so-happy relationship in one of inside-out flower of Ficus hispida, the hairy-leaf Ficus.
From outside, the syconium (fruit-like structure which is actually hidden group of flowers) of F. hispida seemed fine and healthy.
Flip the syconium, and you see the upper part of the #syconium, the petiolaris bracts, were ruined,and it is evident that there were massive attacts to this part.
Later when the syconium was sliced open, groups of wasp were agresively coming out.
You will think that they were the pollinator wasps of this fig.
But,wait,look at the brown colour long "tail" wasps.Those were not pollinator wasps of this Fig tree. Those are the parasitic wasps, #Apocrypta spp. that were invading the syconium after the pollinator wasps,Ceratosolen solmsi, getting into the syconium and put their eggs inside the galls.
From the poor quality of pictures, you can notice few survivors of pollinator wasps inside (the tiny black wasps),while the rest of their siblings have been eaten by the parasitic wasps.
The parasitic wasps have a hard-driller-tip ovipositor (tail-look structure) ,that enables them to bore into figs without breaking, unlike the spoon-shaped ovipositor of pollinator wasps.
#ficus #ficushispida #pollinatorsyndromes