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Geometrid Moths caterpillar - Microplitis

Geometrid Moths caterpillar - Microplitis
New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida, USA
June 12, 2015
Size: 30mm
I believe it is a Geometrid Moths caterpillar, I am hoping the black spots tell you more about its name


Moved from ID Request.

The black spots...
...appear to be exit holes made by the parasitic wasp(?) larvae that spun the little brown cocoons next to the caterpillar.

There going to be Parasitic wasp born from the cocoons. The Caterpillar was there for close to a day, does it survive or has it fell to the grown?

The caterpillar will not survive...
though in some cases parasitized caterpillars live for a while after the wasp larvae emerge, to serve as zombie-like guardians of their cocoons. This caterpillar is a noctuoid (notodontid?) rather than a geometrid. The parasitoids are braconid wasps in the genus Microplitis.

Question Charley
Do Monarch Caterpillars have this fear?

I doubt there are any common caterpillars that are not parasitized by wasps.

Thanks Charley, Vicky will no
Thanks Charley, Vicky will not like to hear this
thanks again

Amazing stuff, now I need to
Amazing stuff, now I need to watch for the wasp to be born.
thanks a million

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