A new species of Giant Wasps Discovered in Indonesia

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A new species of wasp discovered on the Indonesian island Sulawesi is two-and-a-half inches long, and has jaws so vast. Discoverer admits that they don’t even know how it can walk.

Giant wasps found in Indonesia

Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, discovered the warrior wasp and says ‘Its jaws are so large that they wrap up either side of the head when closed. When the jaws are open they are actually longer than the male’s front legs.’

Kimsey added that its enormous size and ferocity makes it like ‘the Komodo Dragon of wasps’. ‘I’m going to name it Garuda, after the national symbol of Indonesia,’ Kimsey said.

Kimsey believes that the wasp’s huge jaws could be used in defense and for mating, allowing a male to hold a female in position

Related article: Monstrous New Wasp Species: Giant and venomous wasp found in Indonesia



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