Image Number: 1402142

Descriptor:
Cocoon(s)
Description:
This important parasitic wasp is a major factor in limiting hornworm numbers and damage, particularly late in the season. The tiny black wasp lays eggs in hornworms. Parasitized hornworms may be recognized by their shortened stubby horns. When these worms are broken open, the tiny, white parasitic larvae can be seen. When they complete their development, the parasites spin white, egg-shaped cocoons on the hornworm’s back. Parasitized hornworms damage tobacco much less and usually remain on the plant for a shorter time than normal hornworms.
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United States

Subject

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Ichneumonoidea
Family: Braconidae
Subfamily: Microgastrinae
Tribe: Microgastrini
Genus: Cotesia
Subject: Cotesia congregata (Say)

Host

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Sphingidae
Subfamily: Sphinginae
Tribe: Sphingini
Genus: Manduca
Subject: Manduca sexta (Linnaeus)
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Image uploaded:
Sunday, March 10, 2002
Image last updated:
Sunday, March 10, 2002