Wasp v. cockroach

I sometimes talk to people who think nature is generally benevolent or cooperative. This system of reproduction seems to raise grave objections to that viewpoint.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

3 thoughts on “Wasp v. cockroach”

  1. Emerald cockroach wasp

    The emerald cockroach wasp or jewel wasp (Ampulex compressa) is a solitary wasp of the family Ampulicidae. It is known for its unusual reproductive behavior, which involves stinging a cockroach and using it as a host for its larvae. It thus belongs to the entomophagous parasites.

  2. I remember that when we were in Monte Verde in the Quaker reserve, a guide showed us figs that are a home for a wasp that lays eggs in it and the larvae feed on the fruit. The dry fig almost always has some insects in it, albeit dead.

  3. What an interesting video! Thanks for sharing.

    I wonder if this changes any exterminators minds on who is the tougher pest to handle?

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