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One can dream...
Like many supermodels, Carrot Wasps bear a sort of strange, alien beauty about them. Their eyes are HUGE and dominate a head that lies at the end of a long neck. Their hindmost legs are thick and much longer than the others. The abdomen is long, slim and vanishes almost entirely at the point where it joins with the thorax.
Adults feed their muscles with energy-rich nectar from flowers. Which flowers? Flowers from the carrot family, of course! They're not salad-munchers after all! Least of all the youth...
This brings us to what appears to be a ghastly, white-tipped stinger that can, in some species, be longer than the rest of the wasp's body. It's not really a stinger at all, but an ovipositor. An egg dropper.
You see, sugar is all very well for busy, flying adults, but in common with lots of other wasps, bees and ants, the larvae need protein to grow. Carrot Wasps can't be bothered with providing for their young. Luckily for them, many other bees and wasps can. Many solitary bees and wasps make small nests, fill it with all the pollen a growing grub needs and then leave an egg to hatch in its own delicious gingerbread house.
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