FOUND IN INDONESIA
A bizarre-looking and new wasp species was discovered in 2012 on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
Named Megalara garuda or the ‘Garuda Wasp’, these wasps are 2.5 inches long and are pitch-black in color. The males of the species have long sickle-shaped jaws and scientists aren’t sure about their use.
This giant venomous insect was waiting to be discovered and had been kept in storage since the 1930s in Indonesia's Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense.
This species belongs to the digger wasp family and can paralyze the prey by stinging it. The Megalara garuda has been named after the mythical half-man/half-bird creature in Indian mythology called Garuda.
Clancy's comment: A mean-looking creature, eh?
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