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Sick ladybird

This doomed ladybird has been parasitised, possibly by Dinocampus coccinellae, a braconid wasp. The larvae of the wasp immobilise the ladybird and emerge to spin a cocoon between its legs. The unfortunate ladybird is still alive but paralysed, and will either starve or die from infection.

 

Thanks to the Wild About Britain forum for answering my questions.

 

Handheld, natural light, some cropping.

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Taken on May 1, 2007