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madmouth commented on the word eurytoma wasp
it pierces the larva of a gall wasp and lays its own egg within it, so that its larva feeds on the body of the gall wasp larva as well as the nutrients of the oak (or other) tree.
there are lot of instances (esp. among wasps) of eggs laid within other species' larvae, but this parasite-within-a-parasite situation is especially striking.
July 3, 2009
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