I found a very small wasp, about the size of a grain of rice, in our apartment tonight. It had beautiful, iridescent wings and long antennae. It also has the characteristic narrow “wasp waist.” I caught it in a small glass bowl so I could photograph it. Here’s another of the many tiny, unnoticed creatures living right alongside us, under our feet, over our heads. Like many other insects, it spent a lot of time grooming itself. Just like our Tenodera sinensis praying mantises, it spent time in particular grooming its long antennae — these super sensitive filaments need to be kept clean.

After attending to its antennae, the wasp cleaned its long, thin abdomen and back legs.

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