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Museum Visitors Name New Species Of Wasp

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We next report on a newly discovered species of wasp. It now has an official name. The name is Ampulex Dementor. The wasps are named after the soul-sucking Dementor characters from the Harry Potter books, which is an appropriate choice.

Like the Dementors, these wasps are able to control their prey - in this case, cockroaches; not witches or wizards. The wasps do their tricks by injecting a toxin. A cockroach then becomes submissive, and follows the wasp to its burrow to be eaten.

Just for the record, Harry Potter, in his battle with Dementors, came out a little better. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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