20 October 2009

A mysterious corpse on my desk


I sat down to write about a caterpillar I photographed yesterday. As I was putting down my beer bottle I noticed this thing that was on a piece of paper on the desk in front of me. Thinking that it was a piece of dust, I was about to blow it away when I noticed that it had wings and miscellaneous appendages. I don't know what it is and how it ended up in my basement. It is about 5 or 6 mm log; an accurate measurement is difficult, because the body is folded over itself.

OK, I have blown it away and it is now dust.

I will write about the caterpillar tomorrow. Maybe.


AJB said...

Messatoporus rufiventris maybe?


It could be. Just posted the pic on BugGuide.net. Maybe a more definite ID will come.

xoggoth said...

Ah, a waspy. Died from lack of jam I expect.

xoggoth said...

PS I expect it would have laid its eggs in your caterpillar anyway.


The ID on BugGuide.net has progressed down to the subfamily. It's apparently an ichneumon wasp (Ichneumonidae, Cryptinae).