Story: Wasps and bees

Caterpillar with wasp larvae (3rd of 4)

Caterpillar with wasp larvae

This pupating green looper caterpillar (Chrysodeixis eriosoma) is bulging with parasitic Copidosoma wasp larvae that hatched from a single egg laid in the egg of the host. By now the larvae have consumed the caterpillar’s internal organs, leaving only the outer skin.

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John Early, 'Wasps and bees - Parasitic wasps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 May 2022)

Story by John Early, published 24 Sep 2007