Wasp Larvae

digitaldawn

Folkestone, United Kingdom

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Artist's Description

This picture is one of the nastiest things I have ever seen.

I rescued a clump of cabbage white caterpillars from a gardeners cabbage, I thought I’d keep them like pets until they turn to butterflies rather than let them get poisened with a pest spray. They were very small when I took them, now, two weeks later they are just about ready to start their conversion.

Today, two caterpillars are covered with little maggots, I can see 2 or 3 more are likely to suffer the same fate. These (I believe) are wasp larvae, the parent laid the eggs in the caterpillars when they were very small. The larvae grow inside the caterpillar feeding on it and what it eats, when the time comes they leave the doomed caterpillar and make a crysalis of their own ready for beoming little wasps.

I know this is horrid, and it is certainly not art, but as insect lovers I am sure some of you will have a curiosity in the same way as I have.

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  • Karri Klawiter
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