Hyposoter spp.

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    28 Mar 2015-37.9,145.3Leuba Ridgway

    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.


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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