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Parasitized Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Parasitized Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Papilio polyxenes

If you look closely, you will see tiny white spots that are the eggs of the Tachnid Fly. These are "glued" to the caterpillar by the female fly, so are nearly impossible to remove. I tried unsuccessfully. This caterpillar will need to be quarantined and raised separately. Most likely this will be fatal.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1/320s f/5.6 at 250.0mm iso1000 full exif

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