Cannibal wasp babies eat their siblings, because nature is brutal

When you’re a growing wasp with an appetite and your supply of dead insects is running low, home delivery isn’t an option. Your next meal is whatever is nearby in your enclosed nursery, and for some larvae, that means tomorrow’s dinner will likely be their closest sibling.

Scientists recently reported that cannibalism is surprisingly common in the larvae of the species Isodontia harmandi, A solitary wasp that does not live in a hive. Instead, the females create nurseries in naturally growing cavities, laying about a dozen eggs into the bodies of the crippled insects, which the larvae then consume upon hatching. After laying eggs, the mother wasp stuffed more insect prey inside the nursery and sealed the entrance with some moss.

https://www.livescience.com/cannibal-wasp-larvae Cannibal wasp babies eat their siblings, because nature is brutal

Russell Falcon

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