Ichneumonid Wasp

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Ichneumonid WaspFamily: Ichneumonidae
Common names:
ALA reference

While I was collecting leaves to feed some caterpillars, I inadvertently collected the pupa of a Tachinidae fly. The larvae of this fly live inside the caterpillars feeding on the body of the caterpillar, leaving the vital organs till last. However what emerged from the fly pupa case was the ichneumonid wasp pictured, whose larva had fed on the larva/pupa of the Tachinidae fly. It’s a jungle out there.

(May 2010)