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P1000207

Observed: 23rd June 2012 By: kevanh
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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P1000207
Description:

Orange tip on Honesty plant

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) interacts

Comments

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Large White parasatoid

About 50 caterpillars hatched from a batch of Large White caterpillar eggs. More than half of the caterpillars died and shriveled when almost fully grown - I suspect the granulosis virus. Of the remainder all except 2 have been parasatised by the Cotesia wasp. We were fortunate (?) to observe the grisly emergence of the larvae from one unfortunate caterpillar. The caterpillars lived for several days following emergence.

Does anyone know if the Cotesia have their own parasatoid?