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Parasites on Sycamore Tussock - Cotesia

Parasites on Sycamore Tussock - Cotesia
Radford, Virginia, USA
October 15, 2012
I'd like an ID for the parasites that are on this Halysidota harrisii cat, please. I was surprised to see the cocoons today because I had taken a photo of the cat just two days ago, and there were no cocoons!

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Parasites on Sycamore Tussock - Cotesia Parasites on Sycamore Tussock - Cotesia

Moved from ID Request.

The only microgastrine recorded from this host is Cotesia phobetri (Rohwer).

Bob, I appreciate that info!

Braconid wasp parasites…
These are braconid cocoons, probably in the Microgastrinae group.

See reference here.

Ross, I appreciate that info and link.

Wanted to add...
Within this group, Cotesia frequently attacks large caterpillars such as tussocks. Cotesia is a very large group with at least 80 NA species.

So do you think
this might be Cotesia or can you not ID genus?

An image or two of the emerging wasps might help confirm this, of course (should be roughly a week more for the emergence).

Guess I need to
install a webcam!

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