- The female wasp stings the roach first in the thoracic to disable its front legs.
- Then the wasp stings the roach in brain which disables its escape response causing the roach to groom itself and become sluggish.
- The wasp proceeds to chew off half of each of the roach’s antennae to hydrate itself and regulate the amount of venom in the roach’s system.
- The wasp drags the roach to its burrow using its antennae as a leash.
- The wasp lays an egg in the roach’s abdomen and fills in the burrow
- Escape reflex disabled, the stung roach will simply rest in the burrow as the wasp’s egg hatches after about three days.
- The larva feeds for 4-5 days on the roach then chews it’s way out of its abdomen.