Ames, Story County, Iowa, USA August 26, 2009 Size: 4+mm and 2+ mm
On 22-Aug-09 I found this cricket (don't know it) on the front porch with a larva attached. I was leaving town so put it in the regrigerator for 5 days while I was away. 26-Aug-09, the cricket was dead but the larva was slowly alive. The head and thorax of the larva seemed attached (wax or sticky substance?) to the cricket so I gently pried them away to better see. The posterior of the larva abdomen seems attached to the cricket.
27-Aug-09, the larva mouth parts are more active.
Stehr's "Immature Insects" points to Rhopalosomatidae and Bug Guide seems to confirm that ID. What say you?
I've put the cricket and larva in a small container on a substrate of peat. I've had no luck purposely raising parasitoids.
Contributed by MJ Hatfield on 27 August, 2009 - 9:14pm Last updated 3 March, 2016 - 5:58am
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