Giant Wasp - Its the stuff of nightmares a wasp that supplements a vicious sting with jaws longer than its legs. Thats the newly discovered warrior wasp found on the remote Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It has been dubbed the "Komodo_dragon" of the wasp family as males of the species measure two and a half inches long.
[Entomologist Lynn Kimsey of the University of California, Davis, encountered them during a recent expedition to the island. The UC Davis Department of Entomology said they picked the name warrior wasp because of its huge ninja-like mandibles. They are truly a terrifying sight up close, said the university.\nMs Kimsey, who is also director at the Bohart Museum of Entomology, said: Its jaws are so large that they wrap up either side of the head when closed. When the jaws are open they are actually longer than the male's front legs. I don't know how it can walk."Luckily it prefers to dine on insects, but if threatened there's little doubt it could leave a sizeable mark on human flesh too. Though the wasp belongs to the genus Dalara, Kimsey plans to name the species "Garuda" after the part-human, part-eagle mythical beast that is well-known as a national symbol in Indonesia. The wasp was discovered in the Mekongga Mountains in southeastern Sulawesi, a little-explored Indonesian island between Borneo and New Guinea that Kimsey has called "one of the world's top three islands for biodiversity that along with Australia and Madagascar." Aside from wasps of legendary size, the island is also home to dwarf buffalo called anoa, palm civets, and colonial spider webs that can stretch for acres. Kimsey is part of a team of researchers to have received a five-year, GBP 2.5 million grant to study the island's rich biodiversity. So far in her three trips to Sulawesi, she estimates that hundreds-- maybe even thousands-- of new species could be catalogued. Kimsey hopes that the discovery of the warrior wasp and other surprising new animals will help raise a