Diversity among parasitic wasps is even greater than suspected

Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 11:07 in Paleontology & Archaeology

U. of I. entomology professor James Whitfield and doctoral student Josephine Rodriguez led the taxonomic part of a multi-disciplinary study of microgastrine wasps. A tiny wasp that lays its eggs under the skin of unwitting caterpillars belongs to one of the most diverse groups of insects on Earth. Now researchers report that its diversity is even higher than previously thought.

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