Monster Wasp Discovered in Indonesia

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Monster Wasp Discovered in Indonesia

As published last Friday in ZooKeys journal, that is dedicated to biodiversity, during the end of last year, a new species of wasp, better considered as the monster wasp, has been discovered by a team of scientists in Indonesia. They found this species in the Mekongga mountain range of Southeastern Sulawesi, and according to them, this category of wasp is a tingling addition in the world of insects.

This breed of wasp has been named as 'Megalara garuda'. Reason behind this is that it looks similar to the republic's national symbol, garuda, which is a mythical bird-like creature. 'Komodo dragon of wasps' is the knick name of this wasp species. With its unusual body size, this new species is totally different from other existing digger wasps and therefore, it has been given a new class of its own, Megalara. This word is basically a combination of Mega which means large and Dalara, which basically is a related wasp genus.

As reported, Megalara Garuda is a mature male insect that is three centimeters long and is black colored. It has massive jaws which are even bigger than its forelegs. They are basically sickle-shaped.

The mind and discoverer behind this discovery is Lynn Kimsey. He is a professor of entomology at the University of California at Davis, and Michael Ohl, and belongs to the Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin.

As explained by Kimsey to a UC Davis publication, last year after the exploring the monster wasp, "Its jaws are so large that they wrap up either side of the head when closed. When the jaws are open, they are actually longer than the male's front legs”.


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