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Parasitic Insect Emerging from Butterfly Egg

Parasitic Insect Emerging from Butterfly Egg
Orange County, North Carolina, USA
September 30, 2022
This was taken using a homemade microscope and my phone, so I apologize for the blurry quality. I was videoing what I thought would be a caterpillar hatching from it's egg, but I caught this parasitic wasp (or fly?) emerging instead! The egg, which I'm fairly certain was either Polygonia interrogationis or Vanessa atalanta, had been obtained from the wild 2 days prior, so I'm unsure how long this parasite was developing before it emerged. I also have a full video of the emergence which I would be happy to share as it's quite fascinating! Most of my knowledge is in Leps, so I'm not sure where to start to ID this guy. Any input is appreciated!

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I'm not convinced this ...
... is a scelionid. Although it could be a member of that family, it could just as easily be an encyrtid - I just can't tell from these images.

Scelionid…
An egg parasitoid.

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