Ecologists In Abu Dhabi Discover 8 New Species Of Digger Wasps! Here’s All About It

Ecologists in Abu Dhabi recently achieved a massive feat, as they identified eight species of digger wasps.

by Anupriya Mishra
Ecologists In Abu Dhabi Discover 8 New Species Of Digger Wasps! Here’s All About It

There are millions of species scattered across several categories around the globe. While we have discovered most of them, there are many still, that are yet to be discovered. And the Ecologists in Abu Dhabi recently achieved a massive feat, as they identified eight species of wasps. Yes, this brilliant news was revealed by the Abu Dhabi Media Office on its official X (formerly Twitter) account.

Eight Species Of Digger Wasps Identified In UAE By Abu Dhabi Ecologists

The Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi revealed that recently, ecologists in Abu Dhabi found eight types of digger wasp. And these species were identified in the Al Bida Protected Area, Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, Barqa Saqoor Protected Area, and Houbara Protected Area. And all of these are a part of the agency’s Sheikh Zayed Network of Protected Areas.

18 New Species Of Invertebrates Have Also Been Discovered In Past Years

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Zamzam Al Rashdi, who is a Specialist of Animal Assessment and Monitoring at Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, also mentioned that this is a part of the agency’s efforts to support and preserve biodiversity. As it happens, she also revealed that these insects can be used as a vital indicator of a natural habitat’s status and quality. And of course, it helps towards a better understanding of the biodiversity and ecological balance. At this point, it’s worth mentioning that 18 new species of invertebrates have also been added in the previous few years. Yes, they have added to the existing list of invertebrates of the UAE.

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What Are Digger Wasps?

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It should be noted that this discovery confirms that emirate is a biodiversity hotspot and it is home to several species that aren’t found in other parts of the world. In case you’re wondering, digger wasps are solitary insects. This means that the female makes a nest for the young. It is worth noting that this behaviour contrasts with other members of the species, which are also known as social wasps, as they work together to maintain a colony. And typically this colony comprises thousands of workers, who are working towards supporting the queen.

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