Cuckoo wasps: crazy, crafty, or just plain terrifying!
What: Cuckoo wasps are wasps that are even more clever and crafty than they are cuckoo!
Who: Cuckoo wasps are similar to cuckoo birds with whom they share the cuckoo name in that they both trick other animals to care for and feed their babies.
When: When cuckoo wasps are attacked, they roll up into a protective ball like an armadillo or pill bug in a process called, "conglobation."
Where: They're everywhere! Cuckoo wasps live all over our world.
How: How many species of cuckoo wasps are there? Over 3,000!
Why: Why aren't cuckoo wasps considered to be parasites? Because they're considered to be parasitoids and kleptoparasites. What is a parasitoid and kleptoparasite? Find out in The Screaming Hairy Armadillo!
Huh?: Worst guests ever... not only do cuckoo wasp larvae steal food from other wasp larvae, sometimes they'll even eat the larvae of the wasp "hosting" them!
Wow!: Cuckoo wasps are some of the most magnificently colored critters in the animal kingdom with shimmering iridescent blues, purples, and greens, maybe they should be called "peacock wasps"!
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