July 1, 2018

Views of a Dolichogenidea xenomorph specimen (Image courtesy Erinn Fagan-Jeffries. All rights reserved)

An article published in the “Journal of Hymenoptera Research” describes the discovery of some new species of parasitoid wasps endowed with particularly long ovipositors. The most interesting one was named Dolichogenidea xenomorph, a name suggested by the really gruesome life cycle in which its needle-shaped ovipositor is used to inject its eggs into a host and then its larvae devour it from the inside until they burst out of its body, like the xenomorph seen in the movie “Alien” and its sequels.