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Endemic to Coelobon, the Mandragora Wasp (Zethus circaeon) bears its young in a manner specialized to its environment. When gravid, a female migrates to the vicinity of a mature Solenostemon gladiorum, where, in strict solitude, she builds a nest for her eggs with tiny budded leaves torn from the basal whorl of the plant. She will capture a single, robust victim to dismember and feed on piece by piece — usually an Asian Rose Mantis (Theopropus vernans), as mature instars of that species commonly lurk among the leaves. Once the prey is consumed, the wasp will pulp and regurgitate the nest’s leaves, fashioning it into an amphora-shaped vessel that she will cling to until the eggs begin to hatch. This behavior, coupled with the male’s habit of auto-castration while fertilizing the eggs, has earned the insect the native moniker puriratinajarat or “concerned parent.”

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