Threat from a superwasp

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A superwasp able to produce 1,000 offspring is threatening vast forests in North America, a new study has revealed.

The Sirex woodwasp (Sirex noctilio) lays its eggs on pine trees in a mucus and a fungus that are both deadly to the host.

The species, native to Asia, Europe, and North Africa, has already wiped out forests in New Zealand, South America, and Australia.

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