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This is a ladybug that has been turned into a zombie by a parasitic wasp species. I spotted it a few days ago but there was nothing abnormal about the ladybug (photo 2) and when I passed from there after a few days the ladybug was exactly on the same spot so I figured out that there could be something wrong with it and by close inspection could see the cocoon under the ladybug.
Urban, grassland by a forest
A parasitic wasp injects the ladybug with a single egg and the ladybug has been paralyzed by the wasp's venom. In time the egg will hatch into a larva that will develop for a few days and then chew a small hole through the abdomen of the ladybug. The larva will then spin a cocoon between the legs of the ladybug, whose body will rest on top of the cocoon as the larva undergoes metamorphosis. In the following link you can read more and see some great photos of the whole process: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/...
Spotted on Sep 1, 2013
Submitted on Sep 1, 2013
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