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Metalmark / Caterpillar infested by wasp

Synargis calyce

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11 Comments

Sckel
Sckel 6 years ago

thanks, bayucca

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Please, check this caterpillar ID, after checking the other Synargis ID.

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Sorry, Lauren, had not seen your comment. Yes, I'll try to do what you asked. There are more caterpillars infested where I found this.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Sckel, this is such a neat spotting, along with the one of the caterpillar after many of the wasps had emerged. Can you put these two together? It is so neat to see them before and after and to know that the poor caterpillar did indeed die (probably didn't have enough internal organs left to survive very long). It is the same caterpillar, right? Can you open one of the still closed wasp cells and see which wasp it is?

Cris
Cris 7 years ago

Wow, never seen that in all the history of my life!

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Wow. That's scary, João.

drP
drP 7 years ago

Wow. Very cool.

João Burini
João Burini 7 years ago

Hm it's uglier than that, looking like these are pupae from parasitic wasp larvae that emerged from it, still there, when they hatch these coccoons will look like they have an open lid at the top.

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

I think*

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

drP, I had never seen it. Ithink it's a way to stay glued to the sheet while it undergoes metamorphosis (pupa).

drP
drP 7 years ago

I think the white thing is a bunch of mealybugs.

Sckel
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Sckel

Cariacica, ES, Brazil

Spotted on Jun 11, 2013
Submitted on Jun 11, 2013

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