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Tag Archives: parasitoid
Last week the question was: Why is this tan colored aphid so much larger than the others? This aphid has been parasitized by a parasitic wasp. These tiny wasps use their stinger, or ovipositor, to insert an egg inside the aphid’s … Continue reading
Last week the question was: What are the white things on this strawberry leaf? 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 … Continue reading
Last week the question was: What is going on in this microscope photo? There is a tiny parasitic wasp ovipositing an egg in this squash bug egg. This is a difficult thing to witness just because of the wasp’s size … Continue reading
Last week the question was: What happened to this tobacco hornworm? This hornworm has fallen victim to Braconid wasps. The white things on its back are pupae of the parasitic wasps. Eggs were oviposited onto the back of the hornworm just under the … Continue reading