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"Violent weapon": New species of wasps with giant stingers, discovered in the Amazon region, say scientists



Researchers in Finland say they have discovered a new wasp species in the Amazon that has a large sting.

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A view of the wasp Clistopyga crassicaudata

Kari Kaunisto, University of Turku

The wasp, which scientists have called Clistopyga crassicaudata, has a sting longer and wider than the most wasps.

"I've studied tropical parasitoid wasps for a long time, but have never seen anything like it," said researcher Ilari E. Sääksjärvi from the University of Turku Biodiversity Unit in a statement. "The sting looks like a wild weapon."

Researchers say that the wasps class, like the ones they discovered, use their spines not only to poison other creatures, but also to lay eggs. These types of wasps paralyze a spider with their poison, then lay their eggs on the spider so that the hatching larva can eat them, and all sorts of spider eggs. More: Thief hiding from the police in the wasp nest

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Their research has been peer-reviewed Zootaxa Journal

The University's Biodiversity Unit has applied for more money for studies to learn the habits of wasp species and their evolution.

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