Short-Tailed Ichneumon Wasp
Ophion species

Short-tailed Ichneumon Wasp, Ophion speciesThe entire family of ichneumon wasps are parasites in their larval stage.  The short-tailed ichneumon lays its eggs in the body of a caterpillar.  Sometimes when I keep a caterpillar to identify the adult, wasps emerge from the pupa instead of an adult.  "Only an expert can identify the species of this genus."  I expect that means a microscope is needed.

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