Tomato Hornworm w/ wasp parasites

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A tomato hornworm from our garden covered with cocoons of pupating braconid wasps.

 

Ted

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have seen lots of infestations..not a pretty sight!
 

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Great pic! Sad reality for caterpillar lovers. I put some Polyphemus caterpillars on a small Live oak tree in my backyard some years ago, none made it. It'd suck to be a caterpillar.
 

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Great pic! Sad reality for caterpillar lovers. I put some Polyphemus caterpillars on a small Live oak tree in my backyard some years ago, none made it. It'd suck to be a caterpillar.
yeah..i started ''sleeving'' mine, kept 98% of the bad bugs away.
 

Mr. Mordax

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Holy god! That looks uncomfortable. I guess it's a relief to know the hornworms are pretty significant pests (even more so after trying to rear them last summer :wall:).

Is it me, or do most parasitic wasps look cute?
 

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Holy god! That looks uncomfortable. I guess it's a relief to know the hornworms are pretty significant pests (even more so after trying to rear them last summer :wall:).

Is it me, or do most parasitic wasps look cute?
fairly cute.

i have a giant parasitic wasp..over 3 inches!!
 

mr.wilderness

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Those are the pupae, i think the eggs are laid inside the caterpillar's body and they hatch out like that
 
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