The braconid wasps that parasitized one of my …

The braconid wasps that parasitized one of my Vine Sphinx caterpillars were “born” recently. This was my first time witnessing the whole process first hand, and I was horrified to see that even after the adult wasps emerged, the poor caterpillar was STILL alive, and for lack of a better host, it seems this generation of wasps planned to parasitize it again. I ended up putting the entire enclosure into the freezer. Seemed the kindest thing to do.

Still, really interesting. Nature can be pretty disturbing, huh?

July 10, 2018