The Lissonota sp. ichneumonids have started to lay their eggs in unsuspecting moth larvae hidden inside grass seedheads. I've been following these for a week, now, and yesterday I was rewarded with a couple of shots of the egg-laying taking place:
Notice the antennae being used to pinpoint (ouch!) the location of the larva.
This shot shows the ovipositor at the moment it was being retracted. It's finer than a human hair.
This shot appears to be of a male (of a completely different species):
Staying with parasitic insects, these two Tachinids were on adjacent Bramble leaves. It looks as if they were pointedly ignoring each other. I see a great many Tachinids, and this shows just how many larvae of moths and butterflies are parasitised each year.
Some leaf-miners are very easily identified as such. This is Agromyza filipendulae, on Meadowsweet.
But the mines of Phyllonorycter species can easily be overlooked. This is Phyllonorycter rajella, on Alder. The pupa is only 2mm long, so the adult moth will never be recognised as such in flight.
That's the year half over, and it was only just new year.