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Ichneuma


The Custom Common Bumbus
Owner: Buttercream

Age: 9 years, 6 months, 3 weeks

Born: January 31st, 2010

Adopted: 9 years, 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Adopted: January 31st, 2010


Pet Spotlight Winner
February 4th, 2014

Statistics


  • Level: 3
     
  • Strength: 10
     
  • Defense: 10
     
  • Speed: 10
     
  • Health: 11
     
  • HP: 11/11
     
  • Intelligence: 3
     
  • Books Read: 3
  • Food Eaten: 1
  • Job: Unemployed


Welcome, fellow Subetan! I'd like you to meet Ichneuma.

Say hello, Ichneuma!




Ichneuma is what entomologists, or people who study insects, call a parasitoid or parasitoid wasp. Any critter can be a parasitoid if it spends a part of it's life developing inside or on another critter, which eventually leads to the death of that other critter called a host. Not all parasitoids are insects though! But insects, especially wasps, are the most common parasitoids!

Insects are classified in a way similar to a rank and file system. Each step down the ladder puts insects into smaller and smaller groups associated by similar physical characters, until you eventually get to the scientific name! Every species known to man has a very special two part name to identify it. This method of naming is called binomial nomenclature. It uses the genus the critter is from as the first part of the name, and the second part of the name is what identifies the species. Scientists who discover new life on Earth are given the honour of naming their findings, which generally have a Latin influence.



Now all living creatures on Earth are part of the Kingdom Animalia. The next step down gets a bit more specific in what it encompasses, which is Phylum Arthropoda. All insects are part of the Class Insecta but after that things get a bit more tricky! There are many many Orders, like Coleoptera, which is all the beetles, and Lepidoptera, which is all the moths and butterflies, but we want to stay focused on Ichneuma! She's part of Order Hymenoptera. Think wasps, bees, and ants!

What sets Ichneuma and other parasitoids apart from common wasps and bees is that the girls (I can't say guys because the ladies do all the fun stuff) lay their eggs inside or no other insect's larvae, think youngins!. Like our friendly little caterpillar here.



Sorry Mr. Caterpillar, but life isn't very fair!


You see that really long stinger on the end of Ichneuma's rump? That is called an ovipositor, and only the ladies make use of it. Remember Subetans, male insects don't lay eggs! The main function of this body part is to pierce the soft bodies of other insect larvae and lay their eggs inside! Those eggs eventually develop into parasitoid larvae, and they feed off the yummy insides of the host. As time passes, that host larvae dies because the parasitoid has grown using the host's body as nutrition and protection. When the little parasitoid is ready, it breaks free of the dead host's body, and grows into an adult!



Thank you Mr. Caterpillar for helping me grow!


If our little emerged parasitoid is a female like Ichneuma, she'll go off to find a male of her species to mate with, and the whole cycle begins again!

Acknowledgements:
Profile: Buttercream
Coding: sonata
Artwork: Shade & Keshi (Overlay)

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