Braconid Wasps – Symbiosis in the garden…

Braconid para worm 2.jpg (71 KB)

Braconid Wasp Cocoons on Horn WOrm.jpg (92 KB)

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Braconid wasps are TINY. They lay their eggs in Tomato Horn Worms. The eggs hatch and the larvae feast on the worm’s insides, saving the vitals for last. They then pupate on the outside of the worm, like in photos 2 and 3.

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2. www.helpfulgardener.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=159470&sid=9c9a8c94d5de449c9b18c1db60bbc89d

3. www.helpfulgardener.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=94346#94346


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    Cy85

    “Damn nature, you gross!”

    /purposeful mis-quote

    Tyger42

    That would be parasitism. Symbiosis implies a mutually beneficial relationship.

    foog

    Well aren’t you a clever little pedant. Meanwhile, to the lay population (that would be the 99% of the world that actually has friends and gets laid):

    parasite = harms the host
    symbiote = doesn’t harm/helps the host

    Fret not. You are indeed technically right. Hope it keeps you warm at night.