Parasitoids

Parasitoids kill butterflies and moths by eating them from the inside out.  

Some lay their eggs on or in an egg, caterpillar, or chrysalis.  Others lay eggs on plants. When the parasitoid larvae hatch, they grab onto and enter into a caterpillar that wanders over them.

Braconid Wasp
Chalcid Wasp
Chalcid Wasp in Black Swallowtail Chrysalises
Chalcid Wasps in Monarch Chrysalises
Euplectris in Caterpillars
Tachinid Fly

Trichogramma Wasp Lays Eggs In Brazilian Skipper Butterfly Egg

Trichogramma Wasp Lays Eggs In Brazilian Skipper Butterfly Egg

Tachinid Fly maggot leaves a string from a Monarch butterfly caterpillar

Tachinid Fly Maggots Left Two
Strings From Monarch Caterpillar

Tachinid Fly Maggot and Two Fly Pupae

A Tachinid Fly Maggot &
Two Tachinid Fly Pupae

Copidosoma Wasps - Moth Caterpillar

Copidosoma Wasps Eat A
Moth Caterpillar From
The Inside Out

Chalcid Wasp Larvae and Black Swallowtail Chrysalis

Chalcid Wasp Larvae and Black Swallowtail Chrysalis

Aleiod Wasp and Mummified Oakworm Moth Caterpillar

Aleiod Wasps Kill Caterpillars And
Emerge From The Body Later

Braconid Wasps and Moth Caterpillar

Braconid Wasp Cocoons Attached
To a Moth Hornworm Caterpillar
(They Kill Butterflies Too)

Euplectrus Wasp Larvae on Caterpillar

Euplectrus Wasp Larvae Drink
‘Blood’ From The Outside

Eulophid Wasp Larvae & Butterfly Caterpillar

Eulophid Wasp Larvae &
Duskwing Butterfly Caterpillar

Ichnewman Wasp Larva From Moth Caterpillar

Ichnewman Wasp Larva Just
Emerged From A Caterpillar

Trogus Wasp From a Pipevine Swallowtail Chrysalis

Trogus Wasp From a Pipevine
Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis

 

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