Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Thieving wasps

New Zealand has 2 native species of gasteruptiid wasps, also known as signal wasps.
  • These wasps lay their eggs on the eggs of our native solitary bee species.
  • When the wasp larva hatches from its egg it eats the bee egg and then all the food that the female bee has left for her offspring.
  • Because of this thieving behaviour these wasps are called kleptoparasites ("klepto-" means "thief").