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Cotesia congregata

Cotesia congregata

A parasitic braconid wasp oviposits into a laboratory-reared hornworm. The host insect receives not just eggs, but a polydnavirus encoded in the wasps genome that disables the animal's immune system. University of Illinois, USA.

CotesiaBraconidaeMicrogastrinaeManducaparasitoid wapsovipositionhymenoptera