Swept from small Sallows beside damp ditch
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Appears to have three eggs attached (oval black shiny things), probably belonging to a tryphonine ichneumonid.
Thanks! I wondered about that, but thought perhaps it was stuff which got stuck to it in the net. I think you are right, though.
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yes these are cool things, the eggs have a barbed anchor so they stay on the caterpillar even if it moults. If you still have the caterpillar and rear it you may find you end up with a parasitic wasp instead - just as exciting in my opinion
No, I put it back on a Sallow. I have reared three of them before, with my kids, and none were parasitized, which was probably quite lucky!
Lat/Lng: 53.92239259254, -0.84580510854721
OS grid ref: SE758479
Forestry Commission plantation being returned to wooded heathland