Parasitoids, aphid wasps, fairyflies
For every insect species out there, there is a parasitic wasp thats got its number. Parasitoids are very specific in the types of criminals they apprehend. In fact, farmers use many of these wasps as security guards to control insect pests. Different parasitic wasps in the Lake Whatcom area are each on the lookout for aphids, caterpillars, flies, beetle grubs, leafhoppers, or you name it! Adult wasps find the criminal, sting it and deposit an egg. The egg hatches and, depending on the species, it starts to consume the host, first eating non-essential organs, and finishing the host off in a miserable death of being eaten inside out! Some parasitoids can produce 500 wasps from a single egg in a single host.
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