On a summer's night, the light of the lamp seems to attract insects. Among these night guests there are also riders. If the rider is red, up to two centimeters long, then this is a panic.

Panisk flies into the light of the lamp. Flies into the open window and rushes to the lamp

Panisk flies into the light of the lamp. Flies into the open window and rushes to the lamp. Flashes - and there is no it. Look closely at the ceiling - sitting. It will rise again, sit again.

In nature, the panicus is fed with sweet juice of flowers. Having eaten, the paniksk begins to be cleaned. He cleans his mustache, dragging it between his paws and shins, holding his paws against his head, licking his paws.

With tendrils and associated sense of smell and touch. Dirty mustache does not work, and the panicus is deprived of its main body of communication with the surrounding world.

The larvae of the riders are parasites. They develop due to insects, some - spiders. In panic, larvae develop on butterfly caterpillars: they are external parasites. Therefore, the ovipositor in the paniska female is quite short: to attach the egg to the skin of the caterpillar, a long tool is not required.

There are more than forty species of nocturnal butterflies, on the caterpillars of which the larvae of panicca develop.

In the afternoon the caterpillar of the winter scoop will not be seen: it hides in the soil. Winter scoop lays many hundreds of eggs. Caterpillars of winter scoops usually feed on winter crops. Therefore, they were called the winter worm. If there are many of them, then at the edges of the winter wheat the black bald patches are visible from afar: the winter worm has destroyed all the shoots here. Winter scoop is a harmful butterfly.

If the panisk noticed a caterpillar of a winter scoop, then he slowly goes to her. It is slow and important, rearranging the long thin legs and stirring the antennae with the antennae. Then he touches the caterpillar with antennae. Finally, the hunter manages to jump on the back of the prey. The caterpillar begins to spin. It looks very funny. Panisk quickly rises on his legs, turns his head toward the end of the caterpillar and, bending his abdomen, kills the caterpillar several times with a needle of the ovipositor ... After jumping and running to the side, the panic begins to be cleaned. So the panic pointed into the body of the caterpillar several eggs. They are all deposited in the thoracic part of the body of the caterpillar.

If you observe the laid eggs, they are literally half a minute in a few minutes and the heads of the larvae protrude from them. There are two sharp hooks on the head of the larva. These are the jaws. The larva digs into the skin of the caterpillar and begins to suck.

Nobody teaches a panic to what part of the torso of the caterpillars is the safest for its eggs and larvae. And the danger to them is very high. Reaching for the larva-parasite, clinging to her skin immediately behind the head, the caterpillar can not: so do not bend. The larvae, which are located somewhere beyond the middle of the trunk, are accessible to the jaws of the caterpillar.

The great power - natural selection - led to the fact that the females of the paniska developed the habit of laying eggs immediately behind the head of the caterpillar.

Three days the larva does not lift the mouth from the skin of the caterpillar. Biting the jaws, she sucks, sucks and sucks. Caterpillar, of course, not at ease. It turns in all directions, is curtailed and unfolds. But you can not reach your jaws with jaws.

Three days later, the larva of the panicus molts: it discards the old peel. By changing skin, the parasite does not change its life. He again digs into the caterpillar and sucks.

Now the panic mask larva sucks elsewhere, albeit very close to the old one. When it molts, it also moults its jaws. From them, too, the old cover comes off, and the larva pulls out of it the jaws, as if from a cover. Jaw thrust alongside the remains of old, the panic mask larva again begins to suck. The discarded skin remains on the caterpillar.

The length of the panicel larva after the third molting is approximately 8 millimeters. Now it is visible from a distance on the caterpillar.

After pouring for the fourth time, the panic mask larva appears in four old clothes, not counting the shells of the egg. 14 days after egg laying, the larva detaches from a slightly live caterpillar and turns into a pupa. The caterpillar dies, and in three weeks a young rider of the panicos emerges from the cocoon.

Sometimes small panicks are specially bred in special factories. But it is very important not to prevent them from living in the forest, on the field. So are you. Seeing the paniska, and any other rider, do not offend him. And if he comes to you in the evening in the light of a lamp, carefully catch and let him out the window.