Researchers in Finland say they have discovered a new wasp species in the Amazon that has a big sting.
The wasp, which scientists have named Clistopyga crassicaudata, has a sting longer and wider than most wasps.
"I've been studying tropical parasitoid wasps for a long time, but I've never seen anything like that," said researcher Ilari E. Sääksjärvi from the University of Turku's Biodiversity Unit. "The sting looks like a wild weapon."
Researchers say the wasps' class, like the ones they discovered, use their sting not only to poison other creatures, but also to lay eggs. These types of wasps paralyze a spider with their poison and lay their eggs on the spider so that the hatching larva can eat them and all sorts of spider eggs.
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Her research was published in the peer-reviewed journal Zootaxa.
The university's biodiversity unit has applied for more funding for studies to learn the habits of wasp species and their evolution.
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