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Chelonus inanitus
Photo: Ole Bidstrup

The parasitic wasp, Chelonus inanitus, relies on viruses to successfully colonize its hosts. When the wasp injects eggs into its host, the eggs are accompanied by viruses. The viruses selectively colonize the cells of the host immune system and destroy them. This allows the developing wasp to avoid attack by immune cells. The viruses also arrest the development of the caterpillar host.

The Chelonus inanitus ichnovirus is fully integrated into the wasp…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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