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

CountyDallas
CityHutchins
DateJun 23, 2013
Time of DayAfternoon
TemperatureHot (greater than 89°F/32°C)
WeatherPartly Cloudy
HabitatRecreation-Park
Type of BehaviorReproducing
GenderMixed
MaturityPupa
ObserverPenny Halstead