New species of parasitic wasp discovered in the eggs of leaf-rolling weevils in Africa

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  • February 27, 2017
  • A new species of parasitic wasp has been obtained from the eggs of weevils, associated with bushwillows, collected and identified by Dr. Silvano Biondi. Given the tiny insect from northeastern Gabon is the first record of its genus for West-Central Africa, the researchers Dr. Stefania Laudonia and Dr. Gennaro Viggiani, both affiliated with Italy’s University […]

    Hollywood star Brad Pitt shares a name with a new wasp species from South Africa

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  • May 5, 2016
  • Not only did an international research team discover two new endoparasitic wasp species in South Africa and India, and significantly expanded their genera’s distributional range, but they also gave a celebrity name to a special one of them. While thinking of a name for the new wasp, Dr Buntika A. Butcher, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, recalled […]

    Seventy-four cuckoos in the nest: A new key to all North European cuckoo wasp species

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  • December 28, 2015
  • Captivating with their bright, vivid and brilliantly metallic bodies, the cuckoo wasps are also fascinating with their curious lifestyle, which has given them this common name. However, in terms of their taxonomic grouping, they have been quite problematic due to similarities between species and a wide range of variations within them. To shed light on […]

    Call for arms and stings: Social wasps use alarm pheromones to coordinate their attacks

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  • December 3, 2015
  • Humans might know them as vicious stingers, but yellow jacket wasps also impress with their vigorous protection over their young. To resolve the mystery around their complex defensive behavior, a Canadian research team, led by Dr. Sean McCann, Simon Fraser University, have used simple components to develop and construct a device that consequently helped them […]

    To kill a wolf spider: Further observation of a spider wasp larva growing on its host

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  • December 1, 2015
  • Having been attacked, paralysed and implanted with a wasp egg to its belly, a wolf spider carries on with its life fully mobile and active. At least, until it is time for the larva to reach out for its first solid meal at a certain development stage. The present study, conducted by a Brazilian team […]

    The first long-haired ones: New wasp group proposed for 5 new species from India

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  • November 10, 2015
  • Long accustomed to parasitising spider eggs, a large worldwide genus of wasps has as few as 24 known representatives in India. However, Dr. Veenakumari, ICAR-National Bureau of Agricultural Insect Resources, and her team have recently discovered five new species of these interesting wasps from different parts of the country. Because of their uniqueness and their […]

    Diggers from down under: 11 new wasp species discovered in Australia

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  • September 18, 2015
  • After being mostly neglected for more than a hundred years, a group of digger wasps from Australia has been given a major overhaul in terms of species descriptions and identification methods. This approach has led to an almost 50% rise in the number of recognized species of these wasps on the continent. The study was […]

    Parasite vs. Invader: New endoparasitoid wasp can save the Dominican Republic economy

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  • September 12, 2015
  • While biocontrol agents come in different shapes, often taking a lot of time for scientists to research, test and produce, natural ones always seem to be the better option. Now that Drs. Taveras and Hansson have discovered a new parasitoid wasp species in the Dominican Republic, they might have not only met the worst natural […]