For the first time, researchers recorded a parasitic wasp attacking caterpillar underwater. In the Osaka Prefecture, Honshu, Japan, researchers discovered a new species of parasitoid wasp. As its emergence out of the water reminded scientists of the Japanese iconic fictional monster Godzilla,
the new species was named Microgaster godzilla.
Microgaster godzilla (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae), an unusual new species from Japan which dives underwater to parasitize its caterpillar host (Lepidoptera, Crambidae, Acentropinae)
Jose Fernandez-Triana, Tetsuyuki Kamino, Kaoru Maeto, Yutaka Yoshiyasu, Norio Hirai
Journal of Hymenoptera Research, DOI:10.3897/jhr.79.56162
Video of Microgaster godzilla courtesy of Dr. Jose Fernandez-Triana