Unusual Insects or Spiders

Challenge #111 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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This challenge gives you an opportunity to showcase some unusual, interesting insects, or arthropods which you've captured on your camera. Let's think beyond honey bees, bumblebees, butterflies etc to some of the more unusual creatures you've found. If you don't know what they are, then another member might know. Where possible, the insects or spiders should be outside in their natural environment. Macro and close-up photos welcome. Size of entry:1,600px MAXIMUM.
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Parasitised Figure of Eight Moth Caterpillar
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I found a number of these caterpillars close together on a tree, with no sign that they were abnormal. A few days later every single one of them was erupting with parasitoid wasp larvae. In this picture you can see a larva that's just burst through the caterpillar's skin. Within a matter of minutes it spun a silk cocoon like the others. The caterpillars remained alive and moving until after the wasps had hatched several days later. A gruesome but fascinating life cycle.
Submitted: Sunday, 10th August, 2014 17:09 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 10th August, 2014
Focal length: 105 mm
Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F11
ISO: 200
Views: 569
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