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Parasited Cocoon

Chrysopa sp.

Description:

Butterfly cocoon parasited by Chrysopa (White eggs)

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4 Comments

MartinL
MartinL 12 years ago

Juan, I may have misunderstood your description entry.
These stalked eggs are always fascinating, especially on an unlikely substrate as this cocoon shell.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 12 years ago

You are right Martin, this is a parasited Cocoon but it wasn´t parasited by the Chrysopids (I never said that), they are only using the cocoon shell as a substrate

MartinL
MartinL 12 years ago

The eggs are indeed typical of lacewings. Lacewing (Chrysopa) larvae (or antlions) http://www.flickr.com/photos/puckyireth/... are carnivorous and I expect they will eat only small things they can catch, such as aphids. I would guess these eggs were placed on the cocoon because it was alive (cool) and there was no plant found nearby.

animaisfotos
animaisfotos 12 years ago

This must be a rare sighting. Thanks for sharing.

Juan DiTrani
Spotted by
Juan DiTrani

Colón, Panama, Panama

Spotted on Apr 19, 2007
Submitted on Jul 19, 2011

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