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New Species Of Wasp Discovered In Maine By Pennsylvania College Student

Mike Groll
A wasp hovers over a tulip on a warm spring day in Washington Park on Thursday, May 2, 2013 in Albany, N.Y. A resident of Maine who studies at Penn State University has discovered a new type of wasp.

Maine officials say a new species of wasp has been discovered.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry says University of Maine student Hillary Morin Peterson discovered the species while conducting work for her thesis. The department announced the discovery on Thursday.

The Brunswick resident named the wasp Ormocerus dirigoius (or-MOSS-er-us dee-ruh-GO-ee-us), in tribute to Maine's motto, "Dirigo." It means "I lead" in Latin.

She discovered a small, non-stinging species of wasp. Peterson found it while doing research about the invasive winter moths that live in Maine. Her work was in collaboration with the Maine Forest Service.

Peterson is now a graduate student at Pennsylvania State University, studying entomology. Her discovery of the new species is documented in a paper that appeared last month in the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington.