Parasitic Wasps

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Parasitic Wasps
Parasitic wasps are a wasp that lay their eggs on paralyzed insects such as caterpillars and spiders. Their are many species of parasitic wasps that vary in shape and colour. Most parasitic wasps have long, thin antennae that may appear to have elbows. Parasitic wasps also have either coloured or clear wings with a narrow waist between their thorax and abdomen. Only female parasitic wasps have a long ovipositor that is used for laying eggs. The ovipositor looks much like a needle at the tip of their abdomen. Parasitic wasp eggs are laid inside or on a paralyzed victim such as a caterpillar or a spider and stored in a cell in the wasps nest. Once the egg or eggs hatch, the larvae, normally a cream coloured short looking worm slowly eats the paralyzed insect until they are ready to emerge, chewing their way out of the now dead victim.

While the wasps may be pest to other insects, they are not actual pests but are parasitoids. Parasitic wasps are not parasites because a proper parasite lives on a host at its expensive and without killing the host. A parasitic wasp kills its host through feeding on it.
With parasitic wasps killing many pests such as caterpillars, they are more beneficial. Parasitic wasps have also been used as biological pest controllers. In some cases, a pest may have been introduced in to another country without its natural predator to keep the population under control. The control may be a parasitic wasp that will be introduced to that country to help introduce a natural control over the pest.

Did You Know?
Did you know the following facts about wasps - hornets?

  • Fact One - Wasps are not bees.
  • Fact Two - Wasps can create a nest out of wood or mud where bees make their nests from honey.
  • Fact Three - Wasps are most aggressive from August to October.
  • Fact Four - They eat insects, food and rubbish.
  • Fact Five - Wasps become inactive at night.
  • Fact Six - They are normally found in their nest.
  • Fact Seven - They are very sensitive to light.
  • Fact Eight - They eat caterpillars.
  • Fact Nine - Male wasps don't have a stinger.
  • Fact Ten - Females have the stinger and it is also their sex organ.
  • Fact Eleven - Females protect the nest.
  • Fact Twelve - Not all female wasps are fertile.

Different Types of Wasps - Hornets
There are many different types of wasps - hornets which can be found in every region of the world. The following articles details facts and information about many different types of wasps - hornets. There are also facts and information about the size of the different types of wasps - hornets, the habitat in which they live and an indication of how long they live. Everything you wanted to know about wasps - hornets, facts and info for kids, children and their teachers and for everyone interested in the facts about wasps - hornets.

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