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Braconid Wasp cocoons

Braconid Wasp cocoons
Sand Springs, Osage County, Oklahoma, USA
March 29, 2009
Size: 13mm (1/2") mass
Please help with ID.

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Braconid Wasp cocoons Braconid Wasp cocoons

Moved
Moved from Cocoons and larvae.

Mind control
The amazing thing is that the packaging and wrapping of the cocoons is done by the unfortunate host caterpillar before dying, not by the larvae. I saw a gruesome video of the whole thing.
I am not sure but I think that this type of cocoons belongs to the subfamily Microgastrinae.

Moved
Moved from Braconid Wasps.

Not eggs.
This is a mass of braconid wasp cocoons that have yet to "hatch." Some species emerge, as larvae, synchronously from the host caterpillar, then they pupate communally like this.

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