Newly discovered wasp has monster stinger

Newly discovered wasp has monster stinger: report

The stinger of these wasps is no less than a weapon, which is as good as its size.

An worldwide team of researchers has discovered seven new wasp species belonging to the genus Clistopyga from Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.

"I have studied tropical parasitoid wasps for a long time but I have never seen anything like it", Professor Ilari E. Sääksjärvi said in a news release.

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The monstrous stinger of the Clistopyga crassicaudata wasps is not only longer than in any other wasp species but is also wider which makes it a bad "weapon", particularly given the fact that wasps, unlike bees, can sting multiple times without dying.

Researchers say the class of wasps like the one they discovered use their stingers not only to inject other creatures with venom but also to lay eggs. However, instead of laying their eggs in an isolated area or depositing them on a felled foe so that the larva can snag a quick meal after hatching, the newly discovered species actually injects their eggs into the bodies of the spiders they prey on, as well as spider egg sacks. When using an egg sack instead of an adult spider, the wasp eggs hatch before the spiders' and feast on the unborn arachnids.

"The giant stinger of the current species is very likely a highly sophisticated tool as well, but unfortunately we can only guess at its goal", explained Professor Saaksjarvi.

Scientists from Finland have found a new species of wasp and they are terrifying.

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