The Loom

Loyal readers need no introduction to this bit of entomological “Faces of Death.” Others who think this must be some sort of hoax, read this (or this).

Courtesy of Dr. Fred Liebersat, oracle of the emerald cockroach wasp.


  1. #1 Gal Haspel
    March 10, 2006

    nice to hear familiar voices

    (i think that the official non-scientific name for the wasp is “The Jewel Wasp” but then again, she might have two)

  2. #2 furlong
    March 10, 2006

    Ah, memories. As a boy I would pluck monarch caterpillars from milkweed plants near home. Over a few weeks I’d watch as they formed a chrysalis and ultimately marvel at the butterfly that emerged. But not always. Once I watched a caterpillar attach itself to the bottom of the Smuckers jar lid, writhe a bit (as they were wont to do during metamorphosis) and to my horror and lasting fascination several maggots split the skin and dropped to the bottom of the jar on a thin string of mucus, whereupon they hardened into unmistakeable fly egg-cases. The tachinid fly, I later learned. A paradigm shift in a Smuckers jar! With a name like Smuckers….

  3. #3 Emily Sommer
    March 11, 2006

    Wow. Thats awesome. In a very creepy, disturbing kind of way… Its like something out of Aliens. Or something.

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