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A caterpillar green around the gills, part three
The wasp pupae  did not look particularly remarkable , but inside a rapid transformation was taking place. In just one week, the wasps emerged as adults. The newly emerged wasps gathering on the lid of the vial. They were, of course, still just as small. Ne...
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A caterpillar green around the gills, part two
After emerging from their caterpillar host , the young wasps quickly lost their plump, bright green forms. Day 1: The wasp larvae (right) emerge from the moth caterpillar (left). Over the next two days, they first faded to a dull yellow... Day 2: The wasp l...
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Bombus insularis (adult female)
Bombus insularis adult female, August 2015, Hancock County, ME Classification                                                               Kingdom : Animalia      Phylum : Arthropoda Class : Insecta        Order :  Hymenoptera     Family : Apidae          ...
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Allograpta obliqua (adult female)
Allograpta obliqua adult female, June 2015, Hancock County, ME Classification                                                            Kingdom : Animalia      Phylum : Arthropoda Class : Insecta        Order :  Diptera Family : Syrphidae Genus :  Allograp...
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Danaus plexippus (egg)
Danaus plexippus egg, August 2015, Hancock County, ME Classification Kingdom : Animalia      Phylum : Arthropoda Class : Insecta        Order :  Lepidoptera Family :  Nymphalidae Genus :  Danaus Species :  plexippus Common names Monarch butterfly Milkweed b...
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Libellula pulchella (adult male)
Libellula pulchella adult male, August 2015, Hancock County, ME Classification Kingdom : Animalia      Phylum : Arthropoda Class : Insecta        Order :  Odonata Family : Libellulidae Genus : Libellula Species : pulchella Common names Twelve-spotted skimme...
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A caterpillar green around the gills, part one
This Halloween, instead of featuring a seasonable  insect  or spider , I will share a spooky story of a "possessed" caterpillar. Parasitoids may be among the smaller enemies that a caterpillar has, but they are also among the most insidious.  When a female ...
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