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Things on a box

Observed: 10th November 2010 By: MattDevon

This was found on a cardboard box inside a disused commercial greenhouse.

    Likely ID
    parasitoid wasp (Eulophus sp. Eulophidae)
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
Species interactions

No interactions present.


Jonathan's picture

The thing in the middle is

The thing in the middle is clearly a dead caterpillar and the black objects all around are the the pupae of parasites that have emerged from it. Someone may be able to identify these for you more precisely. It is a very interesting observation. If you still have the box, take another look at it. Eventually the pupae will hatch and it would be great to add a photo of what emerges to this observation.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

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I'd be intersted to see what these things are too. They do not look like Tachinid fly puparia, too much of an "odd" shape and segmented, and I would usually expect parasitic Hymenoptera to have spun a cocoon. If anything, these look more like beetle pupae, but I'm not really sure of what they will hatch into.

Let us know and, if possible, keep a specimen or two.

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Deadpoet's picture

No news...

Really fascinated by this one...are you still on the case, Matt?

Jonathan's picture

Thanks, David, for clearing

Thanks, David, for clearing this one up! (And for the other determinations recently made)

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DavidNotton's picture

My pleasure

Pleased to be able to help. Will you rear them through?