(Beautiful) Wasp & Spider

Think wolf spiders are creepy? Meet the wasp mantidfly! Despite its name and appearance, it isn’t a wasp or a mantis. Most closely related to lacewings, these insects use their mantis-like arms to catch insects and their wasp-like appearance to deter predators. Believe it or not, these insects are parasites to wolf spiders, laying their eggs on the spider’s egg sac and getting wrapped inside where the larva will feed on the spider eggs until pupating!

Photos: Wasp mantidfly courtesy of Katja Schulz/CC BY 2.0. https://flic.kr/p/MCXHaj and wolf spider with egg sac courtesy of Judy Gallagher/CC BY 2.0. https://flic.kr/p/KSpHRH

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