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The amber tomb of a “dancing” wasp and a delicate flower also hides a terrible secret.

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The parasitic wasp, Hambletonia dominicana, is known to prey on a variety of insects.
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The tiny flower that bloomed 30 million years ago is still in near-perfect condition, preserved in an airless amber tomb with only a tiny wasp, also frozen in place, for the company.

Finding this insect and flower suspended close together provides insight into their relationship in the ancient tropical ecosystem they once inhabited, according to a new study published June 16 in the journal. historical biology (will open in a new tab). The flower belongs to a previously unknown flower of an exceptionally rare group, and hidden inside one of its spherical seed pods was a secret stowaway: a developing larva of a tiny fly that may have been intended as future food for baby wasps. .

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