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Mummy Wasp

Aleiodes sp.

Description:

Small, red wasp with gorgeous silver-blue eyes. "Attack and kill various species of leaf-feeding caterpillars. The host caterpillar is mummified -- a unique method of parasitism, because the caterpillar cadaver remains intact and identifiable as the Aleiodes larva feeds and eventually pupates inside the caterpillar leaving the host mummy intact after the adult wasp emerges"

Habitat:

Porch light in the backyard. "Worldwide, with the greatest species diversity in northern Europe, Asia, and North America"

1 Species ID Suggestions

stho002
stho002 6 years ago
braconid wasp
Aleiodes sp. (A. burrus?) orange wasp - Aleiodes burrus - BugGuide.Net


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2 Comments

Thank you for the ID suggestions, bayucca and stho002!
BugGuide agrees with Braconid and Aleiodes looks good to me.
Crazy Genus with its mummification of caterpillars!

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Mar 8, 2014
Submitted on Mar 9, 2014

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