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Wednesday September 18, 2013

Danville, VA (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: I can not identify this. It is about one inch long and crawling on gatepost. Have seen several recently but not previously.

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6. gusbuster
4:48 AM GMT on September 19, 2013
ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! no likey
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5. endofstreet
12:23 AM GMT on September 19, 2013
Thanks for your input. I have really learned a lot here and appreciate the time you have taken to inform me.
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4. Fieldofflowers
11:57 PM GMT on September 18, 2013
For those raising caterpillars this is not a good sign, but if you're gardening then you likely will welcome the wasps. The young eat the caterpillar from the inside. When they are done, there is nothing left but just the shell.

That said when I was raising butterflies this would be a rather horrifying experience. There are other wasps too. One larger that emerged from the butterfly's chrysalis. It was creepy because there was a huge hole on the side and the wasp was flying around in my room. I eventually found it and either let it outside or killed it.

I also had a caterpillar with this kind of wasp. They are really tiny, smaller than a fungus gnat. They don't hurt. They are too small to make a painful sting. But it was a bit unnerving to find a swarm of these in a jar, quite a few dead along with the captive caterpillar.
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3. ChrisAnthemum
8:28 PM GMT on September 18, 2013
Thanks for appreciating my help! Meant to include a picture of one unfortunate such caterpillar I photographed a year ago; infestations of this sort are usually fatal. In these photos you can see the rice grain-size cocoons have opened and the wasps emerged, though I have not seen the wasps themselves.



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2. endofstreet
8:25 PM GMT on September 18, 2013
Thanks for the info that has made this creature
even more fascinating to me. Don't know why I
never saw any before, with wooded areas on three
sides of home have seen most everything around
this area. Hopefully, nature will continue to
entertain and surprise us.
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1. ChrisAnthemum
8:13 PM GMT on September 18, 2013
This is a fuzzy caterpillar infested with braconid wasps. These are tiny wasps that lay their eggs in the caterpillars, which the larvae feed on as they grow. They then pupate on the surface of the caterpillar, which is what you see here. Don't destroy infested caterpillars, because the wasps will mature and infest others, which will reduce the number of caterpillars feeding on people's gardens.
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