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Raising a parasitic wasp

On the morning of 31st January 2022 I visited Lofthouse Colliery Nature Park in Wakefield and ventured deep into the woods, far from the beaten track. I stumbled upon a mysterious, sealed blue barrel and decided to open it. Inside was some rope, a cloth and a Clubiona spider.

I don't usually keep the spiders I find but this had a parasitic wasp larva attached and whenever I post pics of these people ask if I reared the wasp. Well, this time I did...