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Species Cotesia congregata

Strange Caterpillar - Cotesia congregata Brown Caterpillar with parasites - Cotesia congregata Caterpillar - Cotesia congregata I don't know what this is. - Cotesia congregata I don't know what this is. - Cotesia congregata Green Momma - Cotesia congregata Caterpiller with oblong white egg sacks attached - Cotesia congregata Parasitized Sphinx - Cotesia congregata
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconids and Ichneumons)
Family Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Microgastrinae
Genus Cotesia
Species congregata (Cotesia congregata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apanteles (Protapanteles) augustus, Microgaster congregatus, Microgaster utilis
Remarks
The most significant parasitoid of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

"Our field studies are beginning to show that these Cotesia species are highly host-specific, and that some similar-looking species that attack related hosts may actually be genetically, if not very morphologically, distinct. The host of Cotesia congregata (Say) that was originally studied was Manduca sexta, so the wasps from catalpa sphinx may possibly be different, but as far as we know now they are not." -Dr. James B. Whitfield, University of Illinois (11/12/2008)