|Eggs with a ballpoint pen - REK|
|Spined soldier bug - Entnemdept.ufl.edu|
|First instar - entnemdept.ufl.edu|
Chalcid wasps are hymenoptera, related to other wasps, bees and ants. They are in the superfamily Chalcidoidea with 22,500 known species worldwide that are constantly undergoing taxonomic debates so I didn't try to identify them further. Many species have been imported as a biological control agent (BCA) to control plant pests. In this case a BCA attacking another BCA.
These wasps were the product of smaller eggs carefully placed on the 1mm SSB eggs. I am constantly amazed at how much life is out there that we never notice. Here was a complete food cycle flying under the radar until exposed by a fellow nature nerd's curiosity about bumps on a leaf.