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Parasitized Caterpillar (from Wasps)

Family Encyrtidae

Description:

foamy egg-mass looking thing, off-white. If you stretched it out, I'd guess it could reach 2-3inches. it was deposited into a mint leaf that way maybe 3/4inch. No nearby larvae or spread to guess what it might be.

Habitat:

mint plant. West central ga

Notes:

I put arthropod because this looks like some sort of egg sac, but I have no idea what this is.

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4 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 a month ago

Wow...that's so cool. Great spotting momsavang! Thank you for sharing :)

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 a month ago

No problem, Last year in the winter I saw the same thing on my Stinging nettle plant, then I was curious to figure out what it was.

momsavang
momsavang a month ago

that is SO wild Ornithoptera! Thank you so much. I've been googling and never would have thought that was the end result!

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 a month ago

I recognize this before.
It is actually a caterpillar which has been parasitized by wasps, (Family Encyrtidae).
https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/1114...

momsavang
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momsavang

Cataula, Georgia, United States

Spotted on Aug 29, 2021
Submitted on Aug 29, 2021

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