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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Parasitism of a Tobacco Hornworm

This tobacco hornworm has been parasitized by a wasp. The wasp laid its eggs inside the caterpillar. Now, the wasp larvae have emerged from the caterpillar and spun cocoons on its back. Soon, the adult wasps will emerge from the cocoons and repeat the cycle.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2016
Date Uploaded: 08.2016
Photo Location: Champaign, Illinois, United States of America
Camera: COOLPIX L830
Copyright: © Brenda Rezk