Terrifying giant parasitic wasps that lay eggs INSIDE baby insects using ‘sex sting’ discovered in Africa

A HORRIFYING giant wasp that starts life by eating its way out of another creature has been discovered in Africa.

The beast is ten times bigger than your average British wasp, and lays its eggs inside the unsuspecting larvae of other insects.

The Epirhyssa johanna wasp is one of two new parasitic wasp species discovered in Uganda

Once the young creatures emerge, they burrow out of the host in a grisly hatching ritual.

Scientists have discovered two new species of the parasite, known as the Afrotropical rhyssine wasp, in Uganda.

The largest can grow up to 4in long – bigger than your middle finger – and is thought to inhabit tropical regions across Africa.

“We named one of the new species Epirhyssa quagga, because its colouration resembles that of a zebra,” said study lead author Dr John Hopkins, from the University of Turku in Finland.

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The second species discovered, the Epirhyssa quagga wasp[/caption]

“The other species became Epirhyssa johanna. The name Johanna refers to my wife.”

During their research in Uganda’s Kibale National Park, experts collected 456 rhyssine wasps.

Like many parasitic insects, the menacing creature uses a gruesome method to lay its eggs.

It goes after the larvae of beetles and other wasps living in rotting wood.

Using an incredibly long stinger, the wasp drills through the wood and stabs the victim.

It lays its eggs deep inside the flesh, where the youngsters hatch days later.

Fortunately for us humans, it’s not believed the wasp lays its eggs in larger creatures.

Until now, everything that scientists knew about the Afrotropical rhyssine wasp was based on just 30 specimens.

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“A good example of how poorly tropical rhyssines are known is the species Epirhyssa overlaeti, which is the largest African rhyssine,” Dr Hopkins added.

“Only two females were known before, one collected in the 1930s in the Congo and the other one in Cameroon in the 1980s.

“Now, at one single Ugandan site, we found large numbers of both females and males. This completely changed what is known of the distribution of the species.”

The research was published in the journal ZooKeys.


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Terrifying giant parasitic wasps that lay eggs INSIDE baby insects using ‘sex sting’ discovered in Africa