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Pelecinid Wasp

[Pelecinid Wasp]

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This unique wasp, the only of its kind in North America, is scary-looking but harmless. The long abdomen is used to lay eggs, not to sting. Pelecinid wasps are also unique in that most individuals are female, and reproduce by parthenogenesis (self-cloning.)

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