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« on: January 09, 2013, 02:19:53 pm »

Hi

I have spotted these unfortunate caterpillars around my house (see photos) The caterpillar is a large white I think but what is the wasp? that laid its eggs inside?

Another question - how did the caterpillar get to be on the inside of my bedroom window frame?  Do they usually travel far from their feeding plant to pupate?  This one did, because its quite a distance from the kale it had been munching on!


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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013, 02:01:13 pm »

Hello,

I'm afraid I do not know the answer re the parasitic wasp.I have asked a friend or two and they don't know either. You need a specialist to give you the answer I believe, which you will find on the forum at www.iberianature.com until we get our own Entomologist. (Unless there is one out there somewhere....)

Caterpillars can travel large distances to find somewhere snug.

Sorry not to be able to help you.

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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013, 03:53:46 pm »

Thanks for trying Brenda.  :)

I have registered for the iberianature site but am waiting for the admin to approve my request.

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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013, 08:13:53 pm »

Why not stick to birds only here? Iberianatureforum has got several experts in most fields. No need to compete(?).

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 04:59:17 pm »

A Happy New Year Petrea to you and Mogens.

As some would say Petrea, your remark was a bit negative, was it not? Normally there is someone to answer most questions, but this one is rather difficult... We are not competing with iberianature as there is room for both of us, I believe, and as you know we both use both!

See you soon.

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« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 06:46:17 pm »

A Happy new year to you too, Brenda!

I'm sorry that you read it as negative.   :'(   I meant it as a suggestion of a closer cooperation. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which forum to post in. I'm not sure it would be a good idea with too many "double posts", but perhaps I'm wrong.   ???

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2013, 01:38:48 pm »

Hi again

I was going to post on IberianNature first - but am still waiting for authorisation to join the forum.  If I had had a bird question I would have started here but considered Iberian Nature to be better for insects.  However if they don't approve my registration I can't post - so thought I would give you a try.

Anyway I will be monitoring the pupae and hopefully spot them as they emerge and have a better idea of what they are.

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 10:41:49 am »

Hello Nick,

Have you still not been approved by Iberianature? Perhaps I could send them your photos if it is possible.

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2013, 02:50:48 pm »

Hi Brenda

Still not got authorisation.  If you want to save the images and start a thread on Iberian Nature that would be great.  Let me know the link when you have done it

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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2013, 05:52:07 pm »

Hello Nick,

I couldn't download your photos I'm afraid. I'm not brilliant on the computer, so I was unable to do it.

Sorry.

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« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2013, 06:48:50 pm »

OK, I got success, so I'll post it for you.

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PS: done:
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,3824.0.html
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« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 10:05:03 pm »

Well done Petrea!

I thought I had downloaded the pictures and then I couldn't find them anywhere.

Thanks,

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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2013, 08:13:20 am »

- and there is an answer now!   :)
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2013, 01:21:14 pm »

According to Thomas, on Iberianature forum, the wasp is possibly Cotesia glomerata. It is used for biological pest control and sold for commercial greenhouses.

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