Gosenica sovke glagolke ( Autographa gamma) si je na listu paradižnika izdelala kokon, vendar se v njem ni zabubila temveč se je napihnila in spremenila v mumijo, izpolnjeno z bubami osic Copidosoma sp
Copidosoma sp na ostanku gosenice sovke Glagolke ( Autographa gamma)
Po nekaj dneh, so se iz bub izleglo vse polno odraslih osic. Večinoma so to osebki ženskega spola, le nekaj je samcev, ki so se razvili iz neoplojenega jajčeca in so ušli čeljustim kaste požrešnih vojakov. Samci se takoj parijo s samicami in nato poginejo. Oplojene samice pa iščejo jajčeca sovk v katera ležejo svoja jajčeca
Copidosoma floridanum – Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae
Copidosoma is a small wasp (1-2 mm), which parasitise Noctuidae eggs/ caterpillars respectively.
Female inject fertilized (female) and unfertilized (male) egg into a Noctuid egg. From these eggs after poliembriony hundreds of larvae hatched. (Poliembriony = from one egg develop hundreds of genetically identical individuals-clones) These larvae are in the case of wasp Copodisaoma floridanum various castes. In addition to the larvae, from which later developed adult specimens, some larvae develop to soldiers, which serving primarily for protection and maintenance of the female specimens. These soldiers with strong jaws swallow intruders - larvae of other parasitoids that could threaten his own species, and later also decimate larvae of its own species from which male develop. However, when soldiers have fulfilled their obligation they could not pupate. All soldiers’ larvae after the reproductive larvae pupate, die in the dry caterpillar’s mummy, stuffed with reproductive wasp pupas.
From one egg, after cloning the embryo, hatched as many as 3000 individuals particularly females and only few males.