Ormyrus labotus up close

Surprise!

Look: This insect is actually 16 different species

Take a closer look.

Sofia Sheikh

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For decades, scientists thought they were one species.

That is until a team analyzed the wasps’ DNA. Instead of just a single species, Ormyrus labotus is at least 16 different ones.

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