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Parasitic Wasp Victim: Catalpa Moth - Ceratomia catalpae

Parasitic Wasp Victim: Catalpa Moth - Ceratomia catalpae
Atchison, Kansas, USA
August 19, 2008
Size: inch and half
Several of these found on the same tree....ALL had the wasp eggs.....I'm wondering what type of hornworm fellow this is?

Parasitic wasps
Can you submit a close up of the cocoons and place it under Parasitica? It is probably Cotesia or something related and it would be very nice to have more images of these parasitoids.
A link to this image, the host, would be helpful.
The caterpillar looks bloated, maybe as a response to the parasitism.

Moved
Moved from Sphinx Moths.

Catalpa Sphinx looks like a good match
compare below and see guide:


 
ahhh..definately looks like t
ahhh..definately looks like the same fellows! i didn't recognize the tree though...don't think it was a catalpa as we've several in our area. wonder what other kinds these large moths eat?
thanx for the ID here!

 
Nothing else is listed in Wagner
(1) perhaps you could post some pics of the tree - leaves, fruit, flowers? - for ID.

 
I posted the image of the pla
I posted the image of the plant/leaves that I found all these hapless Catalpa Moths on...hope this might help?

 
Elm
Since the additional image has been frassed, I'm just noting here that these caterpillars were found on elm.

 
Very interesting
- any chance you can collect some of the caterpillars and raise them to adulthood? Click on my name and in my bio you'll find a link to my article on Raising Caterpillars. It would be great to confirm the ID, or alternatively find that it's something else that looks just like Catalpa Sphinx in the larval stage.

 
sadly all the ones that we sa
sadly all the ones that we saw had the parasitic wasp cocoons on them........i'll go back again to recheck and see if any were parasite free. if i find any i'll let u know and collect them with the leaves we found them on as well as the catalpa tree's

 
I'll have to go back to get t
I'll have to go back to get those........my son and I were getting mobbed by mosquitos at this moment and we were standing on the edge of a busy road.......
best as I can describe the foliage was that it was that they resembled either an Ash or Sumac? although I know most our Sumacs out here....When I get the image I'll post and let u know! thanx again

 
and not eggs
but cocoons!

 
ick...and i knew that...lol
ick...and i knew that...lol
just such a horrid way to die...and they were still eating the leaves with these parasitizing them.
several were already dead and completely shriveled up.

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