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Parasitic "Samurai Wasp" Species Spotted For The First Time In Canada And Likely To Spread

Scientists believe this bug invasion could be a good thing.
Parasitic "Samurai Wasp" Species Spotted For The First Time In Canada And Likely To Spread
Chris Hedstrom Oregon Department of Agriculture

Yes, winter will linger on for at least another few weeks, meaning you probably aren't expecting the typical bugs and critters of spring and summer to be roaming across the country. Surprisingly, that just so happens to be the case this year, as there are already reports of an invasive insect species in Canada.

The "samurai wasp" was recently discovered in Chilliwack in Fraser Valley. This is the first time the species, which is native to Asia, has been spotted in Canada and researchers have begun studying the wasp to understand more about it. Scientists believe that its appearance could actually be beneficial to the country.

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TL;DR The samurai wasp has officially made its first appearance as an invasive species in Canada. Scientists believe the bug will be a benefit to the country as it preys on insects that damage crops, as well as bedbugs. More details below.

The tiny wasp is about the size of a sesame seed and is known for being a parasite that lays its eggs inside the eggs of another exotic insect species. The insect used as a host for the samurai wasp eggs, known as the stink bug, ravages and kills crops. 

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Discussions on artificially introducing the wasp to fight the plague of the stink bug has already taken place, but the wasp just so happened to arrive in Canada naturally, before scientists could complete tests necessary for moving forward. 

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Stink bugs are classified as dangerous to Canada because they have been found to damage crops. So, we could see the appearance of the samurai wasp as a good thing, as it will feed on the destructive bug as well as other pests, such as bedbugs, in the country.

The next steps for researchers in Canada is to evaluate all of the potential effects that comes with the introduction of the samurai wasp. As of now though, it looks like this invasive species is here to stay.


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