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Ichneumon Wasp

[Ichneumon Wasp]

A tiny parasitoid wasp--she pierces other insects with her stinger (actually an ovipositor) and lays her eggs inside. The victim then becomes a food source for the larvae after they hatch. This one may have designs on that inchworm!

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