Two new species of parasitic wasps that live at an altitude of over 3400 meters in the Tibetan mountains have been described in an article published in ZooKeys.
The two new classifications were possible thanks to the study of two species originally collected in 2013 and preserved at the Insects Institute of the University of Agriculture and Fujianulture of Fujian, China.
The two species belong to the genus of the microplites, a genus belonging to the microgastrinae family. This family is composed of small parasitic wasps, black or brown: in fact, the eggs develop in the larvae of moths or butterflies.
Unlike other pests, in this case the larvae that host these small wasps continue to live until then the wasp eggs hatch. At that point, the small wasps begin to devour the organs of the host larvae assimilating all the body fluids and killing them.
The two new species of wasps, called Microplitis paizhensis and Microplitis bomiensis (the names of the species refer to the places where they were collected) populate grasslands and bushes at an altitude of more than 3400 meters in the area of Tibet, something quite unusual for the microplite wasps.