Study of Campoplex dubitator
During my MSc, I studied how C. dubitator located its concealed hosts and how, once on a "host patch", this parasitoid decided how much time to spend searching for hosts before departing the patch. I also looked at the reproductive biology of C. dubitator, investigating the effect of host size at the time of parasitism on the fitness of resulting parasitoid offspring.
Campoplex dubitator attacking late instar CBT larva
Campoplex dubitator at rest
Campoplex will attack any larval instar of the CBT despite the large difference in sizes
Campoplex dubitator probing CBT frass and feeding gallery with ovipositor