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Pittheus Metalmark - Caterpillar infested by wasp

Synargis pittheus

Description:

Lagarta parasitada por vespa, talvez da famélia Braconidae. Exemplo semelhante: http://pikul.lib.ku.ac.th/insect/014-021... (http://pikul.lib.ku.ac.th/insect/014-021...)

Notes:

Cocoons still closed and explanation of João Burini: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/267...

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15 Comments

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

thanks Luis

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

I see the difference now.

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Thanks Alice, Jolly Ibanez, Christine Y., Luis, LaurenZarate and Cindy for your comments. Thank you for your explanation, Sergio. Today I found the dead caterpillar. I found a caterpillar of the same species, apparently healthy. I'll put the photo here for people to compare.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Sckel, I found this picture that shows a caterpillar infested by a braconid wasp, which looks a lot like yours: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bracon...

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 7 years ago

Like what Luis said, I also think that the caterpillar just passed by.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 7 years ago

Very cool spotting!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Maybe the caterpillar just walked over it?

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Very interesting Sckel!

Very interesting spotting! Thank you for sharing, Sckel.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Hard to believe the caterpillar could survive that many wasp parasites!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Sckel, the wasp lays its eggs inside the caterpillar, wereits larvae will develop. The larvae eat only the non-vital parts of the caterpillar, leaving it alive. Then, when the larvae are ready to pupate, they make a hole in the caterpillar's skin, an leave. The caterpillar will surely die soon, because of the injuries.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

I wonder if the caterpillar could have been anestithised for awhile? Just all very strange.

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Thanks, Sergio and alice. I do not understand how this works. It seems that wasps were born. I removed the caterpillar, she's alive. Maybe the caterpillar is only used as a shield.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 years ago

Alice, I think that this caterpillar was infected by a wasp, and what you call eggs are, actually, empty cocoons.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 7 years ago

Caterpillar guarding it's eggs? Fascinating picture!

Sckel
Spotted by
Sckel

Cariacica, ES, Brazil

Spotted on Jun 19, 2013
Submitted on Jun 19, 2013

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