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White butterfly parasite, Cotesia glomerata. Its a small (3-7mm) black wasp that parasitize a wide range of Pieris butterfly species. The female is inject her eggs inside a young larvae of a Large white butterfly, Pieris brassica. After 15 to 20 days the larvae emerge, killing the parasitized caterpillar. These newly emerged larvae spin cocoons in a cluster on or nearby the host caterpillar; after 7 to 10 days the imago adult wasps hatch from these cocoons. In the photo a larvae is emerging from the butterfly caterpillar and the previous ones are already pupate around the caterpillar body in silken cocoons. Portugal

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Wild animal / Insect

Wild animal / Insect / Butterfly / Diurnal butterfly / Pieridae / Large White (Pieris brassicae)

Wild animal / Insect / Hymenoptere / Parasitic hymenoptera / Parasitic wasp (Cotesia glomerata)

Individual / Stage of development / Larva

Shot / Profile shot

Shot / Overview

Shot / Macrophotography

Europe / European Union / Portugal

Natural resources use / Agronomy / Plant maintenance / Fight against devastating and pathology / Biological fight

Species / Relation between species / Parasitism / Parasite

Species / Relation between species / Plant disease / Garden and crop-destroying

Individual / Stage of development / Larva / Caterpillar

Species / Relation between species / Parasitism / Parasite / Endoparasite

Individual / Nobody

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Tracheata / Antennata / Hexapoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Terebrantia / Parasitica / Braconidae / Cotesia

Organism / Morphology / Morphology (zoology) / Cocoon

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Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Tracheata / Antennata / Hexapoda / Insecta / Lepidoptera / Rhopalocera / Diurna / Papilionoidea / Pieridae / Pieris (Pieridae)

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