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Caterpillar with attatchements

Observed: 27th May 2012 By: JudithJudith’s reputation in Invertebrates
Caterpillar with addition to id 27-05-2012 04-02-52
Description:

This caterpillar was alive not sure what was attatched.

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amantell20's picture

attachments

Just a guess - the attachments could be eggs from one of the many species that parasitise caterpillars. Not sure what though!

Matt Smith's picture

Larvae

I doubt very much they are eggs, just too big. I think these are emerging parasitiod larve, almost certainly from some sort of hymenopterous species. If you look carefully there appear to be more emerging underthe body of the caterpillar as well.

If you look at the photo at maximim resolution you can see what appear to be strands of silk running from the leaf to the body of the caterpillar in the area where the larvae are. I think this is the start of the coccoon for these parasitoid larvae.

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amantell20's picture

Fascinating but grisly!

Fascinating but grisly!