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Species Cotesia congregata

Horned Caterpillar - Cotesia congregata Newly Emerged Wasp - Cotesia congregata Newly Emerged Wasp - Cotesia congregata Medford Taylor - Cotesia congregata Carolina Sphinx full of Braconid cocoons - Cotesia congregata Caterpiller with oblong white egg sacks attached - Cotesia congregata Tobacco Hornworm with Cocoons? Eggs? on its Back - Cotesia congregata Cotesia congregatus: Parasitoid Braconid Wasp of Tomato Hornworm: Side view - 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)