Lycaena xanthoides larva &
Cotesia (Braconidae) parasitoid pupae
This unfortunate caterpillar has been consumed from the inside by a parasitoid wasp. The wasp larva exited the host to pupate, creating the large hole visible in the side of the caterpillar.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.