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Hemileuca eglanterina parasite

Hemileuca eglanterina parasite
Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, USA
June 14, 2009
Size: 3 mm
This Hemileuca eglanterina caterpillar was collected along with others and placed in a cage a week ago. At that time it showed no singe of being infected with a parasite. Yesterday while changing the Manzanita food plant, I saw these small cocoons protruding from its body. This must be some type of Braconidae or Ichneumonidae. I will keep the caterpillar isolated and hatch out the small cocoons to identify the parasitoid. Does anyone have an idea of what might emerge from these little cocoons?

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Hemileuca eglanterina parasite Hemileuca eglanterina parasite - wasp

Great image!
Does look like a cocoons of Braconid Wasp possibly Cotesia, please wait for an expert.

 
Hemileuca
Thanks for the input Ted.

Richard

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