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Thursday August 16, 2012

Westfield, NC (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Tomato hornworm (the caterpillar of a sphinx moth) infested with cocoons of the very small braconid wasp, which developed inside the caterpillar's body and pupated on the surface. He must be feeling pretty poorly, as he hasn't moved in the 24 hours since I first discovered him.

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4. ChrisAnthemum
3:25 PM GMT on August 19, 2012
LOL Maxine! Yes, nature can be kind of icky! That poor fellow was STILL there this morning (Sunday), not moving, so I'm sure he is not long for this world. Thanks for your comment and your vote!
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3. Nikongranny
2:51 PM GMT on August 19, 2012
Ick! I thought from the thumbnail it was a bug infested flower! Instead I get a nature lesson. That's what is great about this site. Learn new things all the time. Thanks for the lesson. 10 from SW Iowa
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2. ChrisAnthemum
3:11 PM GMT on August 17, 2012
Thank you, Tanya; glad you find it interesting!

Even though these large caterpillars can strip the leaves off a tomato plant almost overnight, if you find one tricked out like this, you should not destroy it. Its life is almost over anyway, and if undisturbed, the little white cocoons will become more braconid wasps which will help reduce the number of caterpillars in your garden.
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1. TanyaMass
3:09 PM GMT on August 17, 2012
Very interesting find!
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Wife, mother, grandmother, gardener, naturalist, writer, artist, crafter, homeschooler, owner and occasional breeder of registered Shetland Sheepdogs, and a child of the King. Rank amateur at most of these. Live in Westfield, NC, near the western mountains.Some of my photos are now available for sale from Fine Art America. Please check the website: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/kathryn-meyer.h tml only join the html -- for some reason this site won't let me do it. Clicking on my website below leads to FAA's main page, but you can access my gallery there by putting my name Kathryn Meyer in the search box.

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