Microgaster godzilla parasitic wasp attacks caterpillar underwater

Microgaster godzilla parasitic wasp attacks caterpillar underwater

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.

Credits:
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

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