|Pupating braconid wasp larvae on a tobacco hornworm|
|The dark spots you see are the exit wounds where the larvae exited the caterpillar so they could pupate.|
The braconid wasp is a parasitoid. This means that it spends a significant portion of its life attached to, or inside of, a host organism. The host, in the end, usually dies. The braconid wasp has many different hosts it likes to feed upon. These include aphids, bark beetles, squash bugs, stink bugs and caterpillars like the one seen here.
To keep it simple, here is how the lifecycle of the wasp goes:
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