Sabre Wasp Laying Eggs

April 28, 2017
The sabre wasp (Rhyssa persuasoria) has a unique method for laying it's eggs. The female finds a tree trunk and deposits her parasitic larvae deep inside the trunk using a drilling system to lay her eggs inside the body of a wood wasp larvae, first paralyzing the creature before laying an egg. The sabre wasp's larvae will eat the host until it's ready to emerge.

Animals: wasp
Series: Nature on PBS

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