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Ladybird parasitoid

Observed: 15th September 2010 By: Martin Harvey
Berkshire Moth GroupFSC - Field Studies CouncilSoldierflies and Allies Recording SchemeBuckinghamshire Invertebrate Group
Invertebrates expert
Perilitus coccinellae - 15-ix-2010 - Grangelands-2
Perilitus coccinellae - 15-ix-2010 - Grangelands
Description:

This small wasp emerged from a cocoon spun between the legs of a Seven-spot Ladybird - one of many hazards that ladybirds face, see: http://www.ladybird-survey.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/death.htm

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which a braconid wasp (Dinocampus coccinellae) interacts

Comments

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cocoon

See also:
http://ispot.org.uk/node/103364

for Grant Burleigh's photo of the cocoon of this species, formed under another Seven-spot Ladybird.

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Entomologist and biological recorder

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Yes, this is the only species

Yes, this is the only species in the UK which parasitises ladybirds in this way, and the vast majority of records are from 7-spot. The ladybird survey are collecting parasitoid records in order to chart the relative success of parasitoids in native species and in Harlequins - have a look at http://www.ladybird-survey.org/enemies.aspx and http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces/ladybird-parasites/

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