Story: Wasps and bees

Wasp larvae emerging from caterpillar (4th of 4)

Wasp larvae emerging from caterpillar

Parasitic wasp larvae (Apanteles glomeratus) emerge from inside a white butterfly caterpillar. Some have begun to spin their cocoon alongside the dying caterpillar. This parasitic wasp species was introduced to reduce the numbers of white butterfly, a pest of cabbages and other brassica crops.

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John Early, 'Wasps and bees - Parasitic wasps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by John Early, published 24 Sep 2007