Scientists have discovered a wasp found in the Andes mountains and Amazon rainforests whose stinger “looks like a fierce weapon.”
The new wasp species called Clistopyga crassicaudata, also known as parasitoid wasp, was found in the area between the Andes and the Amazonian lowland rainforest. Professor Ilari Sääksjärvi, one of the researchers from the University of Turku, said that what makes C. crassicaudata different from other species in the family is its enormous stinger.
“The stinger of the new parasitoid wasp called Clistopyga crassicaudata is not only long but also very wide, in comparison with the size of the species. I have studied tropical parasitoid wasps for a long time but I have never seen anything like it. The stinger looks like a fierce weapon,” said Sääksjärvi.
The report said the wasp’s stinger could be used multiple times in its lifetime and wasps like the newly discovered one—a parasitoid wasp—use their stingers to paralyze spiders. The wasp then lays its eggs on the spider and the larva eat the spider.