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Ryan Ridenbaugh and Miles Zhang

Animals

Parasitic 'Crypt-Keeper' Wasp Eats Through Its Host's Head

An insect named for the Egyptian god of evil waits for its host to dig an escape tunnel through a tree and then bores its way to freedom - right through the host.

Published On 01/25/2017
4:35 PM EST
In this photo, the bark has been dissected away to reveal two Bassettia pallida adults residing within their crypts.Credit: Sean Liu
The crypt gall wasp, Bassettia pallida.Credit: Andrew Forbes