Last week, one of my colleague sent me this photo.
His son collected a lepidopteran worm to observe. Some days after that, the worm died with lots of weird stuffs.
I’m sure this is because of parasitoid wasp, which probably belongs to the family Braconidae. These parasitic wasps are really fascinating! The host insect species are diverse and the parasites adapt the life history and physiology of host species.
I am not familiar with the parasitic wasps but the some wasps show phenotypic plasticity depending on host insect species. This sounds very interesting to me, so I will talk about this some time.