Wasp paralyses a cicada so its larvae can eat it next week...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

An excellent food storage method from a wasp


Technically this picture is not of a wasp actually eating it's prey but poisoning the cicada so that it will be paralysed. This is according to a person on Reddit where I found the picture:

"They actually don't kill the cicada or eat it themselves, they simply paralyze them indefinitely. That way the cicada stays fresh for it's larva, which will hatch and eat it alive underground three or 4 weeks from now... "

This was backed up by another chap who said:

They basically kill cicadas mid-air with their poison, then burrow the dead carcass in the ground and lay eggs in the body. The eggs hatch and eat the cicada as they mature and then break free.

Which really is nature at its finest.



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