Tag Archives: Campopleginae

Cocoon Within a Cocoon Within a Cocoon

The diamondback moth (Plutellidae: Plutella xylostella) is a European species that is now found all across North America, the larvae feeding on various plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). Apparently it’s considered a pretty serious pest, but I’d take it … Continue reading

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Another Mystery Solved, Sort Of

At the beginning of this month, I reported having found these tied leaves on smooth aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) plants in my backyard. On May 27, I had put three samples in jars on my desk to see what might emerge.  On … Continue reading

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Arizona Bugs, part 2

If I had to pick a favorite spot out of all the places we explored on our two-and-a-half-month road trip last fall, it would be Madera Canyon in southern Arizona.  The scenery there isn’t particularly eye-catching; in fact, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Campoplegines, Part 3

I’ll conclude Campopleginae Week with this cocoon I found on a spicebush (Lindera benzoin) leaf in September: The host plant and the big fake eyes on the caterpillar skin identify the ichneumon’s host as  a spicebush swallowtail (Papilionidae: Papilio troilus). The … Continue reading

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Campoplegines, Part 2

Last August I spotted a cocoon I didn’t recognize, nestled among some boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) flowers: Before I get to that, I should mention that this photo also shows the stripey legs of a crab spider (Thomisidae), waiting to grab … Continue reading

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Campoplegines, Part 1

I have been a fan of the cocoons of ichneumon wasps in the subfamily Campopleginae ever since I saw my first one five years ago, stuck to a chain-link fence along the Winooski River in Burlington, Vermont. They come in … Continue reading

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