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

DateJun 23, 2013
Time of DayAfternoon
TemperatureHot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
WeatherPartly Cloudy
Type of BehaviorReproducing
ObserverPenny Halstead

2 Replies to “Ichneumon Wasp – Cocoon”

    1. I agree… It looks almost like a jewel or a bead. This picture was provided to me by my good friend Penny Halstead. She works at the Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic. On occasion she will send me wonderful photographs of of insects or spiders that she finds on the clinic’s grounds. They are always very good, carefully composed shots!

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