I was all kinds of happy when I found this sphinx moth
creeping along my Virginia Creeper
- I had a new bug! Of course, I
immediately plucked a segment of vine
, caterpillar and all, and moved it
into a bug box so I could photograph the moth it would become. Alas,
once again, a bug
got to my
before I did, so instead of a fluttery
, I got wasps. Drat!
The creepy parasitoids oozed out as little white wormy wasp larva and then
cocooned all over the poor caterpillar.
Of course, I was curious and had to see the wasps, so I kept the
caterpillar and wasp-proofed the bug box.
I bagged the bug box and camera and tied it shut to get pictures... it
didn't work very well.
Some bugs are fun to take pictures of. These wasps were downright
creepy. It's easy to see where authors can look for ideas for horror
stories - just check the back yard and really look at what's going on
out there! Thinking about these baby wasps eating a living
from the inside out gives a different meaning to phrase like "all
natural" or "natural remedy" doesn't it?