Web Buzzing Over Gigantic Wasp

March 27, 2012 by staff 

Web Buzzing Over Gigantic Wasp, A new insect has been discovered in Indonesia, and it looks like something you would see only in your worst nightmare. It’s a new species of wasp found last year by entomologist Lynn Kimsey, a professor at the University of California at Davis.

This week, Kimsey formally published her findings on the bug, dubbed “the Komodo dragon of wasps” because of its tremendous size and ferocious appearance.

Discovered in the Mekongga Mountains on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, the wasp is 2 1/2 inches long and greater than three times the size of an average wasp. Its jaws are so big that when its mouth is open, its jaws are bigger than its legs. Kimsey admitted she’s surprised it can even walk with those kinds of proportions.

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