2015-03-28 12:38:00

Description

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.

Tags

cocoon
parasitoid
wasp

Location

Upwey VIC 3158, Australia

Meta

Observation2015-03-28 12:38:00
Date-Time From CameraNo
Location-37.918354, 145.327513
Photo Geo-Tag UsedNo
Created2015-03-30 by leuba (Leuba Ridgway)
Updated2015-04-09 by leuba
Photo(s) LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence
Document LicenseCreative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence
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