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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The new species of wasp found in Thailand

The new species of wasp found in Thailand. Interestingly, the wasp's scientific name is taken from a character in the Harry Potter series, dementors. In a publication in the PLoS ONE journal on April 22, 2014, the scientists stated that the name was taken because the Ampulex dementor wasps character actually resembles the dementors.
Ampulex dementor. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1jSW8ve)
Wasps are able to transform their prey of cockroach into a similar zombie with their sting, like Dementors claiming lives with deadly kiss. Before giving the name of the wasps, scientists seek input from the public on the proper name.

One other name proposed is 'A. mon', taken from the ethnic that inhabit the area where the wasp was found. The other two are 'A. bicolor', taken from wasp character dominated two colors, namely black and orange, as well as 'A. plagiarist' because the behavior of wasps that resemble the ants.

A. dementor is one of 200 species of wasps that lay eggs on the host or other animals. A. dementor using cockroach. Nature World News reported on Thursday, May 8, 2014, when about to lay eggs, the female wasp stings a cockroach kind of the right on the head. Nerve toxin made the cockroach unconscious.

Wasp then lays an egg in the body of a cockroach. When the eggs hatch, the wasp babies and eating cockroaches as food. Hornet is described by Stefanie Krause of the Natural History Museum in Germany and colleagues. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NATURE WORLD NEWS]
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