Notice the white parasites that have attached
themselves to the caterpillar (below). Each of these small white capsules attached to
the caterpillar are wasp pupae that will soon emerge. When caterpillars are
found in this stage, they should NOT be removed from the garden. The small
wasps will soon emerge and find other hornworms to infect. They are a GREAT
natural insecticide for hornworms.
This photo was taken in our garden in Middle Tennessee in July 2006.