Hi- Happened to look at one of the dead stink bugs and saw a tiny black...

Asked May 30, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

Hi- Happened to look at one of the dead stink bugs and saw a tiny black worm-like creature emerge from its body, came out of a perfectly round hole that was not on any of the other dead bugs. Any idea what this might be? Could send pic if requested. Thanks

Loudoun County Virginia invasive species invasive brown marmorated stink bug parasitoid

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Some of our native parasitoids, notably wasps and flies, will parasitize the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. What you observe is probably the larva of a small wasp that has emerged from the stink bug and is now seeking a place to pupate. Thank you for the photo.
MK/LS