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This beautiful rainbow insect is actually a wasp

Illustration for article titled This beautiful rainbow insect is actually a wasp

So today I learned that all wasps are not yellow and black. There's a an iridescent rainbow variant called the cuckoo wasp—of which this is a particularly beautiful specimen. They are kleptoparasitic wasps, who lay eggs in others insects' nest. The baby wasps will then eat the eggs or larva in the nest. Gorgeous bastards.

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This thing is a jewel! I bet thats it's trick, it shows up and all the other insects swoon, it lays its eggs and turns a cold shoulder as if flys away.