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Genus Cotesia

Braconid Wasp (Cotesia congregata) Cocoons on Carolina Sphinx Caterpillar - Cotesia congregata Parasite wasp (Cotesia spp) infested tobacco hornworm - Cotesia TX - Sphinx Caterpillar - Cotesia congregata Cat parasitoid - Cotesia Cotesia congregata emerging from pupa - Cotesia congregata Empty pupae of Cotesia congregata - Cotesia congregata Braconid - Cotesia unknown parasite on Hyphantria cunea - Cotesia
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" (parasitic Apocrita))
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconids and Ichneumons)
Family Braconidae (Braconid Wasps)
Subfamily Microgastrinae
Genus Cotesia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Microgaster, Apanteles in part, Cotesia Cameron
Numbers
Nearctica lists 77 species.
Identification
Wrinkled propodeum.
Food
Hosts: Armyworm, bollworm, cabbage looper, cabbageworm, celery looper, corn earworm, cutworm, diamondback moth, gypsy moth, hornworm, stem borer, tobacco budworm, webworm.
Life Cycle
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Larvae that build their cocoons in late winter will overwinter as larvae and pupate in the spring of the following year (Fulton BB. 1940. The hornworm parasite, Apanteles congregatus (Say) and the hyperparasite, Hypopteromalus tabacum (Fitch). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 33: 231-244.)
Remarks
Two species have been introduced to combat the cabbageworm (Pieris rapae), C. glomerata and C. rubecula, (Florida Entomologist.