“If an insect nine inches long isn’t known to us yet, what else don’t we know? It’s a reminder there is so much work to be done to document insect diversity,” Quentin Wheeler
By Harvey Black
A nasty wasp and a giant walkingstick have been named to the annual Top 10 New Species for 2015. The list is compiled by taxonomic specialists under the auspices of the International Institute of Species Exploration of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry of the State University of New York.
The bone-house wasp, Deuteragenia ossarium, found in China is “unique” in the words of its discoverers, Michael Staab of the University of Freiburg and colleagues, and is brutal in the measures it takes to protect its young. The researchers describe their findings in the journal PLOS ONE.
After building nests in hollow stems, the wasp makes separate compartments, which are separated by soil walls. Into each compartment the female drops a spider, which she has killed to nourish the offspring, and then lays an egg.
The wasp then fills the final cell…
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