Terrifying New 2.5" Wasp Has Jaws Longer Than Legs
RETROACTIVE WARNING: Scary wasp picture above.
This is a new species of giant wasp discovered in Indonesia, effectively canceling my plans to ever visit the country. It grows over 2.5" long and has jaws longer than its legs. That...ain't right. Same goes for longer-than-leg genitals.
Lynn Kimsey, professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, says 'Its jaws are so large that they wrap up either side of the head when closed. When the jaws are open they are actually longer than the male's front legs.'
'I'm going to name it Garuda, after the national symbol of Indonesia,' Kimsey said.
Garuda - known as 'King of Birds' - is a powerful mythical warrior that's part human and part eagle, boasts a large wingspan, martial prowess and breakneck speed.
'The large jaws probably play a role in defense and reproduction,' she said.
OMG -- my jaws play a roll in reproduction too! Get it? "Like licking nipples?" Well that too but I was gonna say like eating nachos off each other's bodies. "Con queso?" OF COURSE CON QUESO.
Hit the jump for the closeup of a face not even a grandmother could love.
Thanks again to PYY, who agrees wasps are second only to spiders in things you don't want sneaking in your b-hole at night. The pinky of a lover? That's fine.