Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Metalmark / Caterpillar infested by wasp

Synargis calyce

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Sckel 6 years ago

thanks, bayucca

bayucca 6 years ago

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

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 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 7 years ago

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

Sckel 7 years ago

Wow. That's scary, João.

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 7 years ago

I think*

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 7 years ago

I think the white thing is a bunch of mealybugs.

Spotted by

Cariacica, ES, Brazil

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

Related Spottings

Calyce Metalmark Mycone Lemmark Butterfly Paulistina Metalmark

Nearby Spottings

Small black bug Ant /Formiga Mushroom Trophallaxis in ants
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team