Question of the Week: Braconid Wasp

Last week the question was:  What are the white things on this strawberry leaf?

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These are braconid wasp pupae.  Braconid wasps are beneficial insects that we love to see in our fields and gardens, though they are mostly so small that they go unnoticed.  Braconids are parasitic wasps that parasitize a wide range of insects.  There are a huge number of species that specialize in parasitizing aphids, caterpillars, beetle grubs, etc.  Here is a publication with more info.

 

Here is this week’s question:  What is wrong with the three cucumbers on the right?

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