Tobacco Hornworm (parasitoid and hyperparasite)
Oberlin, Ohio, USA
August 24, 2003
I decided to add a close-up of the adult parasitoid from my old caterpillar picture - I wonder if anyone can ID it from this rather fuzzy detail? Kind of looks more like a fly than a wasp, but I really don't know for sure. Would flies make a cocoon like this? Or is this not the creature that came out of these cocoons, just a passing visitor?
I see from further web research that most pupae like this on hornworms are attributed to a braconid wasp, Cotesia congregata.
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