This is an Ichneumon Wasp cocoon. The species is most likely Charops annulipes. The Black and white striped cocoon was found on a branch of Poverty Weed suspended by a single thread of silk. Reportedly, when the cocoon is held it can be felt vibrating from the motion of the pupa inside.

Ichneumon Wasp - Cocoon

Ichneumon Wasp - Cocoon

Observation Details

County Dallas
City Hutchins
Date Jun 23, 2013
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Hot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
Weather Partly Cloudy
Habitat Recreation-Park
Type of Behavior Reproducing
Gender Mixed
Maturity Pupa
Observer Penny Halstead
Main Article Ichneumon Wasp Observation Location