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What caterpillar, please. - Schizura unicornis

What caterpillar, please. - Schizura unicornis
Wildwood Preserve Metropark, lucas County, Ohio, USA
September 19, 2010

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What caterpillar, please. - Schizura unicornis What caterpillar, please. - Schizura unicornis

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Dead one, for starters!
That cottony cocoon on the other side of the branch is from the wasp larvae that fed on this caterpillar's insides and then emerged from all the holes you see in its side. It has funny coloration because of the parasitism, but we would suggest Schizura unicornis.

 
Ewwwww . . .
Let me get this straight. The caterpillar IS dead or WiLL die?

So the wasp larvae abandoned the 'corpse' and ran around to the other side of the twig and communally created that cocoon for their further metamorphosis?

Am I close?

Grim, but thank you, nonetheless ;0)

 
You've got it...
And the caterpillar is either dead or dying. We have other examples of braconid cocoon bundles, presumably made by the same species of wasp, that are formed beneath the Schizura caterpillar rather than on the opposite side of the twig:

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