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Death from below: the first video of a parasitic wasp attacking caterpillar underwater

Phys.Org
https://phys.org/news/2020-11-death-video-parasitic-wasp-caterpillar.html

by Pensoft Publishers
A very few species of parasitoid wasps can be considered aquatic. Less than 0.1% of the species we know today have been found to enter the water, while searching for potential hosts or living as endoparasitoids inside of aquatic hosts during their larval stage.

Within the subfamily Microgastrinae (family Braconidae), only two species have previously been recorded to be aquatic, based on their parasitism of aquatic caterpillars of moths. However, none has been known to actually dive in the water.

Recently, during their research work in Japan, Dr. Jose Fernandez-Triana of the Canadian National Collection of Insects and his team found and recorded on camera the first microgastrine parasitoid wasp that dives underwater for several seconds, in order to attack and pull out caterpillar hosts, so that it can lay its eggs inside them before releasing them back in the water.

Read on:  https://phys.org/news/2020-11-death-video-parasitic-wasp-caterpillar.htm

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