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What is inside this caterpillar?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:22 pm    Post subject: What is inside this caterpillar? Reply with quote

I was removing and killing a few Pieris brassicae catepillars today a when I ripped the bodies apart, they contained what looked like babies. Maggot-like living bodies. What are they? Is this normal?


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

probably the maggots of the Ichneumonid fly which parasatise the cabbage white butterfly caterpillars, note I stress probably
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking this. Are they a positive parasite, ie, have a symbiotic relationship with the host? The reason I ask is that the caterpillars are healthy and their appetite certainly hasn't been affected.
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I was thinking this. Are they a positive parasite, ie, have a symbiotic relationship with the host? The reason I ask is that the caterpillars are healthy and their appetite certainly hasn't been affected.
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