Parasites & Parasitoids - Alex Wild Photography
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Hippodamia sp. with parasitoid cocoon

Hippodamia sp. with parasitoid cocoon

A ladybird beetle, weak but alive, stands guard above the pupa of a parasitic wasp that has emerged from its body. The ability of parasites to selfishly manipulate their victims' behavior is a fascinating and poorly understand aspect of their biology. Hastings Reserve, California, USA.

ParasitoidZombie beetlebraconidaeCoccinellidaeparasitesevolutionanimal behavior