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Genus Cotesia

Horned Caterpillar - Cotesia congregata I don't know what this is. - Cotesia congregata Cotesia - Cotesia flaviconchae Braconidae, on Lettered Sphinx - Cotesia cottony egg case(?) on blade of grass - Cotesia Braconid Wasp (Cotesia sp.) from Lycaenid caterpillar  - Cotesia theclae Braconid Wasp (Cotesia sp.) Head and Wings - Cotesia theclae microgasterine braconid - Cotesia - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon ("Parasitica" - Parasitoid Wasps)
Superfamily Ichneumonoidea (Braconid and Ichneumonid Wasps)
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.)
Adult female Cotesia marginiventris must locate caterpillars to parasitize before the end of the host's second instar.
Remarks
Two species have been introduced to combat the cabbageworm (Pieris rapae), C. glomerata and C. rubecula, (Florida Entomologist.