NewPerischusHabitusCropB by USDAgov on Flickr.
"Scientific illustrator on staff with the Systematic Entomology Lab, in the Plant Sciences Institute, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. Taina Litwak created this painting of a new species of tiny parasitic wasp in the genus Perischus, done in 2011 for Dr. Matt Buffington. The painting starts with a pencil drawing done through the microscope of a dead pinned specimen. Details for this painting were included which only are visible in scanning electron microphotographs, as the species is so very small. The painting itself is done digitally in Adobe Photoshop. The species was first collected in South America in 2010 and is involved with parasitizing a species complex of flies which lay eggs in cucurbit plants (melon, cucumber and squash family). USDA image."