Credit: DR MORLEY READ/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Wasp grazing on a leaf of the coca plant (Erythroxylum coca), the source of the drug cocaine. The wasp chews up leaves to make paper to build its nest, and it is thought that the toxic alkaloids found in these leaves help to deter predators from the nest and the wasp itself. Filmed in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Keywords: alkaloid, amazon, amazonian, animal, building, chewing, cocaine, collecting, defence, defensive, drug, eating, ecuador, erythroxylum coca, hymenoptera, insect, jungle, leaf, nest, poison, poisonous, rainforest, toxic, tropical, wasp, wildlife

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Wasp grazing on a leaf

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