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Some Wasp that attacks Carpet Beetles

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Some Wasp that attacks Carpet Beetles

Post by dermy on Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:16 pm

I got the info from Wikipedia:
A. verbasci larvae, as the vast majority of attacks are successful. Such a defense, however, has been shown to be effective for the closely related species Anthrenus flavipes, which has slightly longer hairs than A. verbasci
After a single successful sting, the beetle is permanently paralyzed. The entire process from landing to complete paralysis lasts approximately 40 seconds. Interestingly, L. pedatus does not lay eggs immediately after the beetle is paralyzed, waiting as long as 24 hours before oviposition. During this time, she grooms herself, removing any hairs that might have stuck to her during the attack. During this lengthy process she appears to monitor the larva’s state of paralysis by repeatedly biting it and monitoring its reaction. Once sufficiently clear of hairs, the wasp creates a bare patch on the larva’s abdomen and lays 2-4 eggs. Eggs hatch in 3-4 days and the larvae feed on the beetle for 3-7 days, eventually killing the host. They then spin cocoons near the empty shell of the host, emerging some time later as an adult wasp.

There you go!Information was from Wikipedia Wink .

WOW that is scary.A carpet beetle is closely related to my Larder beetles and did you know the same mite that attacks honey bees attacks Dermestids?It's weird maybe we'll get CCD for Larder beetles!
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Re: Some Wasp that attacks Carpet Beetles

Post by Vespula squamosa on Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:28 pm

Wow. Do you know what family this wasp is in? Is it an Ichneumon? Sounds kinda like one...

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Re: Some Wasp that attacks Carpet Beetles

Post by dermy on Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:05 pm

Its Laelus pedatus not much info out there though.
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Re: Some Wasp that attacks Carpet Beetles

Post by Vespula squamosa on Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:18 pm

Sounds like an Ichneumon. They love to parasitize things...

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Re: Some Wasp that attacks Carpet Beetles

Post by dermy on Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:40 pm

That they do LOL!
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