Monica Meeneghan

Monica Meeneghan

Posted on 08/14/2013


Photo taken on August 13, 2013


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Aug2013 539 Newly hatched caterpillar and eggs? No, Cocoons of a parasitic wasp or fly larvae.

Aug2013 539 Newly hatched caterpillar and eggs? No, Cocoons of a parasitic wasp or fly larvae.
Thanks to Dean for putting me right with id. See his interesting comment below. I was just about to pick up a pot of late leeks for my husband to plant on his plant when I saw this cluster of eggs with caterpillar on a leaf. My husband's name came up for an allotment in May. It was too late for sowing many veg but just in time to order some young plants but first there was a lot of digging to be done. The plants ordered have done very well on the whole but the leeks arrived right in the middle of a heat wave and looked very sad, stringy and as if they had been in the post for a long time so the nursery sent us some more. Meanwhile the 1st batch recovered to some extent so we ended up with more leeks than we knew what to do with!

With thanks and best wishes to you all.

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Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
What a great find and shot, Monica! Thanks for sharing this.
4 years ago.
Stan Askew
Stan Askew
fantastic capture ... well done !!!
4 years ago.
Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly…
Great detailed shot Monica, but sadly these are cocoons of parasitic wasp or fly larvae that have emerged from their former host, the unfortunate caterpillar. Part of nature I know, but it always upsets me.
4 years ago.
Compostpyle
Compostpyle
Nature can be rough for sure. Great shot of this nature.
4 years ago.