Are ladybugs being taken over by wasps?



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    It was recently found in Quebec, a certain species of wasp is involved in a peculiar symbiosis with ladybugs.  The wasp, Dinocampus coccinellae, is able to partially paralzye the ladybug then attaches its larvae to the legs of the ladybug.  After time the paralysis wears off and the ladybug continues living, can eat and reproduce unaffected by the larvae.  This seems to be a system for distributing the wasp larvae that doesn’t seem to disrupt the individual ladybug or the species as a whole.

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