‘Godzilla hornet’ discovered in Japan can swim underwater and stuff its parasitic larvae into unsuspecting prey
- This is the first example of a wasp intentionally diving underwater
- Hornets do this to attack caterpillars from below to keep them off guard
- Seekers found the animal in Japan and called it
A frightening new species of wasps has been discovered that can swim underwater.
The new creature discovered in Japan has received the nickname ‘Godzilla wasp’ for its effects due to its resemblance to the science fiction monster when it emerged from the water.
This animal also has the scientific name Microgaster godzilla, specializing in searching for aquatic moths and hiding inside algae and other plants.
When the wasps locate the organism living in the protective boxes, it will dive into the water and attack from below.
This animal, also known scientifically as the Microgaster godzilla, specializes in finding moths that live underwater and hide inside algae and other plants.
The wasp can be submerged for a few seconds while grappling with the larvae before finally forcing it out of the shell.
When its prey is exposed, the wasp emerges deep and latches on, stuffing its parasitic larvae into the moth’s flesh.
The egg then eats the animal from the inside, using it as a food source before hatching.
Most wasps are strictly forbidden to get close to the water, with only two other species considered to be aquatic.
However, there is no record of diving completely and intentionally.
The newly found animal has been nicknamed the ‘Godzilla hornet’ by its discoverers due to its resemblance to the sci-fi monster (pictured) when it emerged from the water. This animal is also known scientifically as the Microgaster godzilla
Hornet killed the first person captured ALIVE
Washington officials found evidence of many ‘murderous wasps’ in the state.
Officially known as the Asian giant wasp, three new species of insects were discovered by local residents near the town of Blaine in northeastern Whatcom County.
Officials were able to catch one of the wasps, which were seen attacking a paper bee hive – the first to be caught alive.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the number of wasps found, almost double the number previously discovered in Washington, suggests a hive has been established in the area.
“The reason why we decided to use the Godzilla name for wasps was very interesting,” said Dr. Jose Fernandez-Triana from the National Insect Collection of Canada in Ottawa.
First, being a Japanese species, it honors Godzilla, a fictional monster (kaiju) that became iconic after the 1954 Japanese film of the same name and many remakes thereafter.
‘It has become one of the most recognizable symbols of Japanese pop culture worldwide.
Second, the wasp’s engagement behavior bears some resemblance to the kaiju character, in the sense that the wasp suddenly emerged out of the water to host the host parasite, similar to how Godzilla suddenly out of the water in the movie.
‘Third, Godzilla is sometimes linked, albeit in different ways, to Mothra, an unusual species of kaiju often described as a larva (a caterpillar) or an adult moth.
‘As you can see, we have biological, behavioral and cultural reasons to justify our choice of a name.
‘Of course, that and a little fun, as it’s also an important part of life and science!’
The findings were published in the Journal of Winged Research.