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Heterospilus sp., undescribed species, Costa Rica
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I’ve been playing around a bit more with the freeware program CombineZP, and I thought I’d share this image of one of the wasps I’m working on in my current position.  The image is a composite from 14 photos taken through a microscope at different focal depths.

The parasitic wasp genus Heterospilus is common and hyperdiverse in the new world tropics.  It is also almost entirely unstudied.  Our project is restricted to the taxonomy of the Costa Rican fauna, and we have about 500 new species just from that small country.   The diversity is insane- I’m not sure how we’re going to come up with names for all of them.

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Heterospilus sp., head & compound eye, Costa Rica

Here are some shots from my training session this morning at the Beckman Institute‘s Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).  I haven’t used SEM for years- wow!  Great fun.  Click on each image to enlarge.

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