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Ladybird parasite

Observed: 10th October 2013 By: dshubble
Leaf Beetle Recording SchemeSouthampton Natural History Society
Invertebrates expert

Cocoon found in its typical position between the legs of an immobilised ladybird (7-spot in this case) within one of my stick-insect cages, presumably brought in on bramble from nearby. Removed and raised to adult.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Dinocampus coccinellae interacts


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Recognising it

Superb observation. Is the adult easily ID-able, or is this one that you can recognise based on it being the only thing that leaves a pupa under a ladybird? If it's the adult, can it be done from photos? That venation looks distinctive, but I'm all too aware of how many tiny wasps there are out there...

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Dave. A 'cool' and proper Association(tortuously linked to http://www.ispotnature.org/node/330108#comment-137045 )
This is an excellent post - excellent pictures and just enough text.
I might agree to the Id after some 'research'