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what is going on here

what is going on here
Petersburg Virginia, Prince George County, Virginia, USA
April 26, 2011
Size: roughly 1-1.5in.

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Moved from Geometrid Moths.

Caterpillar may be
Phigalia strigataria, but difficult to say for certain.
Beatriz suggested moving this to Braconids

Moved from ID Request.

I'm no expert but ...
Those might be parasitic Braconid wasp cocoons on a Geometrid moth caterpillar. Some of these are covered in Charlie Eisman's book (1) but there are thousands of possibilities. You could probably find some photos here on BugGuide if you browsed through caterpillars.
Here's one photo I found

Again, I'm only guessing

The wasp larvae (probably subfamily Microgastrinae) developed inside the inchworm, and when they were finished feeding they chewed holes in its back to emerge and spin cocoons. Eventually the adult wasps will chew their way out of the cocoons and fly away.

ah sweet thank you im glad so
ah sweet thank you im glad somebody out here knows this stuff i just like to find it and observe it i have no ideas about names for most insects beyond the basics

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