Tag Archives: Ichneumonidae

Spider Parasitoid

I have much too much going on right now to be writing blog posts, but I’m waiting for an oil change at the moment, so let’s see what I can do… On the first night of our road trip we … 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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Ovipositors

In one of my first posts, I wrote about some goldenrod rosette galls I collected and the things that were emerging from them.  I pointed out how this female torymid wasp could be recognized by her long ovipositor, which allows her to insert … 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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Predatory Sawflies

In my last post, I showed a photo of a sawfly visiting extrafloral nectaries, and I alluded to another observation from the same day that made me wonder whether sawflies might benefit plants with extrafloral nectaries in the same way … Continue reading

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