The life cycle of this parasitic wasp is a great example of how intricate and complex nature is.
Most animal species on Earth we never see. In fact, we have no idea what they look like, much less how spectacular they are. This disconnect likely leads to an inability in the general public to relate to biodiversity and, by extension, the loss of it. In this series, we take a deeper look at these unseen creatures, highlighting the bizarre appearances and incredible lives of our fellow animals. In exploring this riot of diversity we need to remember that we have barely scratched the surface of understanding the living world Among the huge diversity of insects there are some bewilderingly complex life cycles, but few can compete with the trigonalid wasps for the seemingly haphazard way they ensure their genes are passed to the next generation.