Scientists have discovered a new species of wasp that resembles something from an Alien movie. The parasitoid wasp called Clistopyga crassicaudata was discovered in the Amazon rainforest by researches from the University of Turku. The new wasp species has a terrifying stinger which is not only long but also very wide and it uses it for a very gruesome purpose!
The species was found amongst the insect specimens collected a transitional zone between the Andes and the Amazonian lowland rainforest. The newly discovered wasp is different from other known species of wasp because of its giant stinger.
The newly described parasitoid species belong to the rare Clistopyga genus that uses its large stinger to lay their eggs into spiders or spider egg-sacs. The wasps seek out spiders living in nests, then using its giant stinger the wasp will inject venom into its victims to paralyze them, next the wasp will pump its eggs inside the host spider and the hatching larva will then eat the paralyzed spider as well as possible spider eggs or hatchlings.
The researches who discovered this new wasp have also found many other new species of wasp in the same area which they have named in the latest issue of the Zootaxa journal.