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LitwakSamples1 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 these two paintings. The top image is the lateral view of a tiny golden parasitic wasp (Sycophila new species) done for Dr. Michael Gates. The lower image is a newly described species of bark beetle (Licracantha formicaria) done for Dr. Steve Lingafelter. The golden wasp was done to illustrate a publication, a study (being done in Florida) of a complex of wasps and their parasites, which produce of galls on a native species of vine plants. The beetle painting is a lateral view of one of a series of 3 newly discovered species of ant mimic bark beetles from the Dominican Republic. USDA image.”

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NewPerischusHabitusCropA 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."