Ten newly-discovered species of WASPS have been named after Oreo biscuits and aliens from Doctor Who

Mail Online | 4/9/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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A host of newly-discovered wasp species have been given unique names, including being dedications to Oreo biscuits and aliens from Doctor Who.

One species has been dubbed 'Sathon oreo' and another 'Choeras zygon' after the Zygon race of aliens in the popular programme.

Wasps - Eggs - Caterpillars - Baby - Caterpillar

These wasps inject their eggs into live caterpillars, and the baby wasps slowly eat the caterpillar from the inside out - a similar trait to the fictitious aliens.

Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries, from the University of Adelaide's School of Biological Sciences, said: 'I named one wasp Sathon oreo as the antennae are dark brown with a thick white stripe in the middle... like an Oreo chocolate biscuit.

Aliens - Host - Whilst - Trait - Wasps

'Zygon aliens consume their host whilst inhabiting them, a trait particularly relevant to parasitic wasps.'

The wasps are pivotal in ecosystems for regulating native caterpillar populations.

Wasps - Choeras - Bushblitz - Bush - Blitz

One of the new wasps, Choeras bushblitz, is named after the Bush Blitz species discovery programme.

It is a unique multi-million dollar partnership between the Australian Government, BHP and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals across the country.

Bush - Blitz - Manager - Jo - Harding

Bush Blitz Manager Jo Harding said: 'Less than 10 per cent of this group...
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