I. Attention getter: If your food was alive and could protect your children would you still eat it?
A. Not a very sensible question I know, but in nature there is an insect that gets to make that decision.
B. Introduction: Hello I am Elijah King and I would like to share some information about wasps, Voodoo wasps to be more precise.
II. Intro to Wasps
A. Wasp’s body is long and slender with a narrow waist, cylindrical legs and appears to be smooth-skinned and shiny.
B. (Hand drawn) Diagram: A wasp like any insect has a body made up of three sections the head, thorax and abdomen.
1. Head: the brains of the operation
a. Contains the mandibles (mouth)
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B. Locations where they are found
1.They can be found in Central and North America
C. How they differ from regular wasps
1. These wasps do not nest or hive they do their own survival
D. Reason why I will be talking about female wasps specifically.
1. There was not a lot of information out there about male voodoo wasps.
2. Natural even has a way that allows females of some species to clone themselves, so it not much of a let down if I don’t cover the males.
3. The female wasp is a lot more interesting anyway.
IV. Interesting reproduction
A. Stinging the host
1. First the female wasp will find a suitable host (lets say a caterpillar)
2. She will sting the caterpillar injecting it with her venom to immobilize it.
B. Laying eggs
1. Now she will inject up to 80 of her fertilized eggs into said caterpillar.
C. Bodyguard phase
1. The venom the wasp injected combined with the toxic the eggs inside of the caterpillar change it.
2. Turning this once easy going caterpillar into an aggressive and over protective creature.
D. Death and birth
1. The worst part of this is that the larva that hatches from the eggs will eat the caterpillar from the inside out.
2. All while its alive and protecting the parasites inside of it.
3. When the larva are full they will find their way out of the caterpillar and the caterpillar will die as the larva cocoon around it to start their mature phase of life as a full-grown wasp.
4. And the cycle starts again, well with the females at least.
V. Practical applications
A. Why its so...