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Species Dinocampus coccinellae

Lady bug with possable Eggs - Dinocampus coccinellae parasitized beetle - Dinocampus coccinellae wasp - Dinocampus coccinellae Dinocampus coccinellae ?parasitoid of Coccinella septempuctata - Dinocampus coccinellae Unknown wasp - Dinocampus coccinellae Dinocampus coccinellae - female Dinocampus coccinellae
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 Euphorinae
Genus Dinocampus
Species coccinellae (Dinocampus coccinellae)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Perilitus coccinellae (Schrank) 1802
"It attacks ladybird beetle adults (and sometime late instar lavae). It lays its egg within the adult beetle, the egg develops into the first instar larvae where it waits within the beetle as they overwinter. About a month after it warms up, the wasp will emerge from the beetle as a larva, and spin a cocoon underneath the beetle's dead body. The aposomatic colors supposedly (very likely) protect the wasp larvae as it pupates." --Andy Boring

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Internet References
Dinocampus coccinellae. Parasitoid wasp threatens Scottish Seven Spot ladybird.
Sci. Blog article on parasite-host relationships between D. coccinellae and Coccinella maculata in Quebec.