I was taking a photo of this Gulf Fritillary
caterpillar in J form when I noticed
two gnat like bugs on it.
I stuck it in a cup, and the flies stayed right there on the
caterpillar, although they moved around a bit. I was in a hurry to
leave, so I just put it aside and ignored it for a while. I figured in a
couple of weeks I'd either have a butterfly
to release, or a cup of
. I got the cup of flies. Later I figured out that they were wasps.
You can see a lot of them got stuck to the tape. I finally opened up the
cup to photograph them and counted 81, but I could have missed a
few in the folds of the tape.
Here are some close-ups of the tiny wasps. They're a bit dried out. I
waited for them to expire before I opened the cup.
I snapped the pictures, hoped there was at least one good photo, and
came to the pc to make this page. Now that I'm sitting here looking at
the close-up images, I think these are wasps
, not flies. Whatever they are, they ate my caterpillar
I did catch one
bug that I know is a parasitic wasp. See it