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Old 16th May 2019
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Re: Communal Dragonfly, Butterfly and Insect photo thread

Originally Posted by alfbranch View Post
What is happening to this ladybird

It apears that may be a parasitic wasp (Dinocampus coccinellae or similair) cocoon being gaurded by the ladybird that is still allive and twitches as part of the defence of the parasite
One single, huge larva emerges from the beetle. I photographed that on film, many years ago. I have never seen the coccoon stage.

The body is willing but the mind is weak.
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