Mega wasp named after Indonesian mythical beast

Mega wasp named after Indonesian mythical beast

Cebu : Philippines | Mar 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM PDT
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Skooter reporting 03/25/12

This is the first time I've heard about the solitary digger wasps. Never have an idea until now. Scientists say female digger wasps paralyze other insects, bury them in the ground and lay an egg on them, leaving provisions for their offspring with a living food source.

According to behavioral ecologists digger wasps are well-regarded as a key animal where Niko Tinbergen, one of the fathers of animal behavior studied the insects. Philosopher Daniel Dennett used these insects in his thinking about free will and they are just intrinsically cool insects.

But there is one coolest beast yet - a new genus of digger wasp, discovered in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the 1930s and until now it is still undescribed.

The beast is pitch black, with huge, sickle-shaped jaws, and has been named Megalara garuda. Garuda is a mythical symbol of Indonesia, half human, half eagle. As of now nothing is known of the wasp's behavior. But Lynn Kimsey of the University of California, Davis and Michael Ohl of the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Germany, the discoverers of the Megalara garuda hypothesize that the jaws may be used for grasping females during copulation.

Source: New Scientists

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Megalara garuda ( mega solitary digger wasps)
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