Megascolia procer ♂
The Atlas Mammoth Wasp is a large tropical wasp with a body length of 46–53 millimetres or 1.8–2.1 in. and is one of the largest wasps in the world. The female is the larger of the pair. Their wings are an insane blue and purple iridescent dazzling reflection. This structural coloration is because the wing is made of chitin, made dark with melanin, and covered with a transparent overlayer 286 nm thick that acts as an interference thin film. This oriental wasp is a parasite of the large Atlas beetle, Chalcosoma atlas. The wasp paralyzes a beetle grub with its sting, then lays an egg on it and buries it in an underground cell. When the wasp larva hatches, it consumes its still-living host.
RETURNS & REFUNDS
- While we try our best to depict the actual colors & design of our butterflies and other insect artworks on our website, please note that colors, rendering and hand crafting may appear differently from one computer to another. We cannot guarantee that the insect & its artwork design you receive will be identical in color, shade or size as the one you see on our website.
- Our frames are not air-sealed. This will allow you to repair your butterfly, beetle or other insect should it become necessary. Since our insects specimens have been professionally preserved and dried, we guarantee that your display will last and look wonderful for a very long time. Therefore, air sealing is merely a personal choice and not a necessity. This also allows for inside frame cleaning from time to time such as interior glass due to organic out gassing over time and is natural.
- We may substitute a different size frameset in same color depending on variability aspects such as insect size and product availability.
- Most artworks are shipped within a week of ordering but may require a few days longer to prepare some insects.