Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Web buzzing over gigantic wasp

Web buzzing over gigantic wasp

Web buzzing over gigantic wasp, Monstrous New Wasp Species Discovered in Indonesia, A frightening species measures more than 2 inches and boasts an open jaw bigger than its legs. A new insect has been discovered in Indonesia, and it looks like something you would see only in your worst nightmare. It's a new species of wasp found last year by entomologist Lynn Kimsey, a professor at the University of California at Davis. Horrifyingly gigantic wasp discovered in Indonesia. Discovery of huge "Garuda" wasp; woman sues Apple after walking into a door. This week, Kimsey formally published her findings on the bug, dubbed "the Komodo dragon of wasps" because of its tremendous size and ferocious appearance.

Discovered in the Mekongga Mountains on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the wasp is 2 1/2 inches long and greater than three times the size of an average wasp. Its jaws are so big that when its mouth is open, its jaws are bigger than its legs. Kimsey admitted she's surprised it can even walk with those kinds of proportions.

Kimsey has named the monstrous insect "Garuda," the national symbol of Indonesia that is part human, part eagle, and known as the "king of birds." This new species of "digger wasp" is known for how the female paralyzes other insects, buries them, and then lays eggs on top of them, providing food for their offspring. It's starting to look like a real "Bug's World."

via: yahoo

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