Brachnoid Wasp Lepidoptera Parasitoid

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Braconid Wasp - Lepidoptera Parasitoid

Braconid wasps parasitize moth and butterfly caterpillars. Different species of braconids exhibit a slightly different behaviour when creating their cocoons in their life cycle. Some make their cocoon on the caterpillar itself, some underneath the caterpillar, and some beside the caterpillar.



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Braconid larvae and caterpillar
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Saddleback caterpillar
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Spiny Oak Moth caterpillar
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Hornworm caterpillar
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Hornworm caterpillar
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Caterpillar with braconid cocoons

Some species of braconid wasps create their cocoons and the host caterpillar stays on top of the cocoons.
The host caterpillar (which dies) guards the braconid cocoons.



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Caterpillar on oak tree
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Unicorn caterpillar
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Dead Unicorn caterpillar
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Duskywing Butterfly
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Braconid leaving caterpillar
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Viceroy butterfly caterpillar
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Dead adult Braconid Wasp