Butterfly Parasitoids

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Butterfly and Moth Parasitoids
What just came out of my butterfly caterpillar / chrysalis? Parasitoids lay eggs in or on butterfly and moth eggs, caterpillars, or chrysalises - pupae. These parasitoids eat the guts of the little insect and emerge as adults to infect another butterfly or moth. Photographs of many species of lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) parasitoids are located on this page.

chalcid wasps monarch pupa chrysalis cocoon parasitoid
Monarch Chalcid Infection
tachinid fly strings maggot monarch caterpillar larva worm pupa cocoon chrysalis
Tachinid fly Strings
tachinid fly strings maggot monarch caterpillar larva worm pupa cocoon chrysalis
Tachinid fly Strings
caterpillar mummy enlarged abdomen dead hole in side aleiodes wasp
Aleiodes Wasp victim
aleiodes wasp adult
Aleiodes Wasp Adult
aleiodes wasp adult
Aleiodes Wasp Adult
larvae inside caterpillar larva parasitoid wasp
Waiting for ID on this parasitoid
parasitoid pupae inside moth larva caterpillar
Waiting for ID on this parasitoid
braconid wasp maggot larva leaving caterpillar cocoons moth
Braconid wasp larva and cocoons
braconid wasp cocoons
Braconid cocoons w/caterpillar
braconid wasp cocoons under caterpillar worm
Braconid cocoons w/caterpillar
euplectrus ecto parasitoid ectoparasitoid moth caterpillar larva worm fuzz under caterpillar hides parasitoid pupae
Euplectrus ectoparastioid
euplectrus ecto parasitoid ectoparasitoid moth caterpillar larva worm
Euplectrus parasitoid larvae feeding
euplectrus ecto parasitoid ectoparasitoid moth caterpillar larva worm
Euplectrus parasitoid larvae
parasitoid wasp in caterpillar larvae
Copidosoma wasp larvae
eulophid wasp pupae black dots spots on leaf from caterpillar
Eulophid wasp black pupae
eulophid wasp pupae black dots spots on leaf from caterpillar
Eulophid wasp black pupae
eulophid wasp pupae black dots spots on leaf from caterpillar
Eulophid wasp pupa
eulophid wasps emerged from larva caterpillar pupae
Eulophid wasp adults
ichneuman wasp pupa
Ichneuman wasp pupa
Check out the videos of parasitoids!
  • Male chalcid wasps emerge from a Monarch chrysalis

  • How can you tell if your swallowtail chryslis is infected with a parasitoid?

  • Thousands of these wasps can emerge from one was-caterpillar video.