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Looking like a 5 mm piece of bird-dropping, this little black and white capsule is a cocoon of an ichneumon wasp. It was attached to the leaves on this young tree and wrapped around it was the skin of its larval host - a lepidopteran. Mimicking bird-dropping and wrapping the skin of the larval host over and around is, apparently, one of the many strategies employed by ichneumonids to escape attacks from hyperparasitoids. Spotted on a young black wattle (Acacia mearnsii) in a nature reserve.

Date & Time

2015-03-28 12:38 PM [Melbourne]


-37.918354 , 145.327513 : 194.01 m

Near Upwey VIC 3158, Australia


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  1. Chris Lindorff  Hi Leuba. I have added Hyposoter spp. There are very few records of Hyposoter species on the ALA, so great find.

    Reply • 02 Apr 2015

NS Observation No. 5518A17EED2A899004000164
Created 2015-03-30 12:06 PM (about 5 years ago)
Created By Leuba Ridgway
Updated 2015-04-09 12:54 PM (almost 5 years ago)
Updated By Leuba Ridgway
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