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When I took these photos the wasps had completed their development and abandoned their cocoons, but the caterpillar was still alive ...

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MayraSpringmann 4 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

*allowing the caterpillar to stay alive...

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 5 years ago

Yes, I agree, Martin. The wasp larvae don't eat vital organs, allowing to stay alive while they develop, but the amount of damage made deadly weakens the caterpillar. And the holes in the caterpillar's skin and body are a open window to infections.

MartinL 5 years ago

I saw one the same.
I think the caterpillar was dead but didn't know it yet.

Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 31, 2013
Submitted on Oct 2, 2014

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