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I found these two caterpillars from the same species in adjacent leaves. Both were parasitised by the same wasp species (!). The cocoons in the cat in photo #2 seem to be slightly older than in the other one. But, the most amazing is that both caterpillars were still alive, and moving vigorously around the leaves!!! Looks like they are much stronger than one could think!

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14 Comments

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

Ditto from Gerardo.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 9 years ago

Wow poor guy !

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

They did, Juan. I checked some days later, and both were dead... :-(

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 9 years ago

poor caterpillar, it will have a painfull end

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 9 years ago

WOW! Great spot!

OlivierBtlx
OlivierBtlx 9 years ago

Wow, very nice ! Maybe they don't kill their host and they are just parasits ? (not parasitoïdes).

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Wow! Utterly amazing!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 9 years ago

Great spotting Sergio!

gully.moy
gully.moy 9 years ago

Perhaps Syntomeida epilais? Eye colour looks wrong though...

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Uau!!!! Incrivelmente fascinante Sérgio, parabéns, grande captura!!!!!!

MicheleMorbidelli
MicheleMorbidelli 9 years ago

Wow!!! So Beautiful !

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 9 years ago

Brilliant photos once again Sergio :)

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 9 years ago

They may not be doomed. I think some caterpillars survive the process. Once the cocoons have been made, the parasites are out of the caterpillar's body and no longer feeding on it. Then again damage that they have already caused may still eventually kill the caterpillar I suppose.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 9 years ago

Poor things! I suppose they are doomed though. :( The longer they live, the better for the parasite.

Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Spotted on Mar 22, 2013
Submitted on Mar 23, 2013

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