Happy Halloween!

Braconid wasps attacking caterpillar – pumpkin by Lorenzo Rodriguez

Urbana, Illinois


  1. #1 MrILoveTheAnts
    October 31, 2008

    Wouldn’t Melittia cucurbitae have been more appropriate?

  2. #2 Marvin
    November 1, 2008

    And Happy Halloween to you.

  3. #3 themarvelousinnature
    November 2, 2008

    I love this. I’m totally impressed with the fine detail the carver managed to achieve. If I try to do stuff like that, inevitably something rips or slices off.

  4. #4 James C. Trager
    November 3, 2008

    MrILTA — I like the idea of the ghoulish little parasitoids hovering around the hapless caterpillar, but I suppose a pumpkin devouring insect would also be ghoulish from the plants’ point of view.

  5. #5 emily
    November 5, 2008

    Best. Pumpkin. Ever.

  6. #6 Ant
    November 7, 2008

    No pumpkin ants?

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