Bizarre Tremex behavior??
wshear at EMAIL.HSC.EDU
Wed Sep 4 12:51:42 CDT 2002
On 9/4/02 10:37 AM, "Ken Kinman" <kinman at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Dear All,
> This isn't taxonomic, but since there are a number of entomologists on
> the list, I thought someone might know something about this.
> Tremex wasps normally lay their eggs in soft or rotting wood, but a
> person in Canada reports that these horntail wasps are attacking (inserting
> their ovipositors) in the haunches of their HORSES. Has anyone here ever
> heard of such a thing in Tremex or related wasps?
> The wasps were firmly attached to the horses, not just buzzing around
> them. Why would a horntail wasp do such a thing, and would its larvae
> successfully parasitize and emerge from a horse or any other mammal?
Of course the first question is, does the Canadian person really know
Tremex? Is the person an entomologist of any kind? Have specimens been
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