Asian Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia) specimen
* notice the 3 ocelli, simple eyes found on some arthropods that detect light.
(photo: Gary Alpert)
Posts tagged "wasp"
Attacks of the Brain-Controlling Parasites
Webs for Wasps
Wasps are famous for laying eggs in insects that become living meals for their ravenous larvae. Hymenoepimecis wasps take it one step further: On the very evening that the larval wasp will kill its orb-spider host, it causes the spider to make a new type of web. Instead of spinning an elegant skein of concentric circles, the spider makes a structure capable of supporting the cocoon that the larva will build a few hours later, after killing and eating the spider.
Image: At left, a regular orb spider web; at right, a wasp-influenced web. (William Eberhard/Smithsonian Institution)
curious galls produced by the red cone gall wasp (Andricus kingi) on the leaf of a Valley oak (Quercus lobata). Galls are abnormal plant growths formed around insect larvae, protecting the developing larvae and supplying them with nutrients. | +
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