Tag Archives: Cryptinae

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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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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Spider Parasitoids

When I was in Vermont recently, I collected a couple of round, white egg sacs with distinctive dark gray tufts.  My hope was to raise the spiderlings to adulthood and find out what species they are.  Something emerged from one … Continue reading

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