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Tiny cocoon? Egg case? - Charops annulipes

Tiny cocoon? Egg case? - Charops annulipes
Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia, USA
June 29, 2009
Size: 3/16 inch long
I found this tiny jewel hanging from the tip of a black-eyed Susan leaf. Never saw anything like it before in years of bug hunting. Could it be an egg case? The cocoon of an ultra-small moth? Any help much appreciated!

Moved from Campopleginae.

Many similar images in Campopleginae
Check here. Charley may be able to give a better answer

Tiny cocoon? Egg case?
Thanks for the blazing fast help, John and Jane! Yes, this definitely matches the "Campoplegine ichneumonoid" cocoon images. I'll collect the cocoon and see what emerges.

Definitely a campoplegine cocoon
Charops is one genus that suspends its cocoons from a thread like this, but there may be others. I wish you luck in getting to see and photograph the adult!

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