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Parasitized catalpa sphinx moth caterpillar (DCP64)

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Caption: Parasitized catalpa sphinx moth caterpillar (DCP64)
Scientific name: Ceratomia catalpae
Location: Riverbend Park, VA
Copyright: © Frederic B. Siskind
AGPix ID: AGPix_FrBSi17_0344
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Comments: The catalpa sphinx moth lays a mass of white eggs, but large numbers of the resulting larvae (caterpillars) are parasitized by Braconid wasps and do not survive to adulthood. A wasp larva can be seen on the right side of the sphinx moth caterpillar. It will make a cocoon (the white objects) on the surface of the caterpillar; the wasp will emerge from the cocoon.

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Frederic B. Siskind
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McLean VA 22101

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