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Species Cotesia congregata

Braconid Wasp (Cotesia congregata) - Cotesia congregata hornworm parasites? - Cotesia congregata Strange caterpillar? - Cotesia congregata Parasitic wasp - Cotesia congregata Cotesia congregatus: Parasitoid Braconid Wasp of Tomato Hornworm  - Cotesia congregata Cotesia congregata emerging from pupa - Cotesia congregata  Cotesia? on Darapsa myron - Cotesia congregata Paralyzed Tomato Hornworm Caterpillar Manduca sexta - Cotesia congregata
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
Species congregata (Cotesia congregata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Apanteles (Protapanteles) augustus, Microgaster congregatus, Microgaster utilis
Food
Caterpillars, primarily Manduca sexta or tobacco hornworm. Also a number of other ecologically related sphingid caterpillars
Life Cycle
Cocoons and adults emerging from cocoons
Remarks
The most significant parasitoid of the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta
"Our field studies are beginning to show that these Cotesia species are highly host-specific, and that some similar-looking species that attack related hosts may actually be genetically, if not very morphologically, distinct. The host of Cotesia congregata (Say) that was originally studied was Manduca sexta, so the wasps from catalpa sphinx may possibly be different, but as far as we know now they are not." -Dr. James B. Whitfield, University of Illinois (11/12/2008)
on Eumorpha pandorus