Bonehouse Wasp remains the common name given to the Deuteragenia ossarium. This interesting insect constitutes a recently discovered new species of wasp. The unique common name derived from a practice which greatly surprised the scientist who initially made the discovery.
To date, the Bonehouse Wasp only appears to dwell in the Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in the southeast portion of China. Studies have yet to reveal it in any of the surrounding regions.
This remarkable new species averages roughly 0.5 in (1.25 cm) in length.
The body of the Bonehouse Wasp primarily shows a combination of blue and black colors.
As with most species of wasp, they commonly construct their nests beneath the loose soil. They will either construct their own or make use of abandoned structures for their own purposes.
Bonehouse Wasp Behavior Patterns
One particularly puzzling behavior pattern of the Bonehouse Wasp constitutes a previously unseen one. After constructing her nest, the female of this species usually fills the surrounding tunnels with the bodies of dead ants.
The precise reason for this activity still remains undetermined though theories naturally abound among various researchers. The current leading theory puts forth the idea that the chemical odor of the decomposition disguises the nest from potential predators.
The Bonehouse Wasp also displays yet another highly disturbing behavior pattern. After laying her numerous eggs and then filling the tunnels with the bodies of dead ants, she seeks out a spider. After paralyzing the hapless victim with her potent sting, she brings it back to the nest.
The female then proceeds to consume each of the legs of the helpless arachnid. She then completely abandons the nest, leaving the now helpless spider as food for her soon to hatch larvae.