Sunday, March 25, 2012

If the human race were to be eradicated, and nature needed a new species to become dominant, it would most likely be insects like bees. In that scenario, these wasps, would be the assholes of the animal kingdom.

Garuda Wasp actual size

'King of Wasps' found in Indonesia: Two-and-a-half inch monster has jaws longer than its legs.
A new species of wasp discovered on the Indonesian island Sulawesi is two-and-a-half inches long, and has jaws so vast that its discoverer admits, 'I don't know how it can walk.'

Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, says 'Its jaws are so large that they wrap up either side of the head when closed. When the jaws are open they are actually longer than the male's front legs.'

Kimsey discovered the warrior wasp on the Mekongga Mountains in southeastern Sulawesi.

She says its enormous size and ferocity makes it like 'the Komodo Dragon of wasps'.

'I'm going to name it Garuda, after the national symbol of Indonesia,' Kimsey said.

Garuda - known as 'King of Birds' - is a powerful mythical warrior that's part human and part eagle, boasts a large wingspan, martial prowess and breakneck speed.

'The first time I saw the wasp I knew it was something really unusual,' said Kimsey.

'I had never seen anything like this species of Dalara. We don't know anything about the biology of these wasps. They are only known from southwestern Sulawesi.'{Read on}