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A small Parasitic Wasp that is black in colour with brown abdomen. It has a very short Ovipositor (Needle Projection to deposit eggs inside hosts) and small clear wings that extend only halfway along its total body length. The wasp uses caterpillars as hosts to lay its eggs in which the larvae hatch and feed. upon completion of feeding the larvae emerges out of the caterpillar and spins a cocoon suspended on a line of silk from the elevated position of the caterpillar corpse. In this case the larvae of the common Garden Acraea butterfly has been used as a host. Several Garden Acarea caterpillars were found in close proximity in the garden with close by wasp cocoons. With out treating the caterpillar problem with pesticides, a natural solution has manifested and we have seen a slow decline of the caterpillars.
Manly located in areas with sufficient food for caterpillars including forests, bushveld and gardens.
Spotted on Sep 26, 2016
Submitted on Sep 26, 2016
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