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Wasp Deposits Parasitic Larvae Deep Inside Tree Trunk

Clip: Season 35 Episode 15 | 2m 45s Video has closed captioning.

The giant ichneumon wasp, megarhyssa rixator, has an unusual method for laying eggs. Using her overly-long ovipositor to drill deep into a tree trunk, she deposits a single egg on to the surface of an immobilized wood wasp larva. Her egg turns into a larva, that will eat the paralyzed host...bit by bit.

Aired: 04/26/17

Rating: NR

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