Stunning but ruthless

Stunning but ruthless

The crypt-keeper wasp, Euderus set. Credit Scott P Egan, Kelly L Weinersmith, Sean Liu, Ryan D Ridenbaugh, Y Miles Zhang, Andrew A Forbes.

The breathtaking beauty of the crypt-keeper wasp (Euderus set) belies its parasitic tendencies to lay eggs in at least seven different wasp species.

Previously, it was known that this parasitoid manipulates the behaviour of the gall wasp (Bassettia pallida), earning it the name Set, after the Egyptian god of war and chaos.


Curated for Cosmos while acting editor for four weeks.

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