Hi there and welcome to my website!

My name is Tom Saunders and I’m currently undertaking Masters study at The University of Auckland. My research focuses on New Zealands parasitoid wasp communities. These wasps are not at all like the pests that sting and make massive nests. They are crazy cool, and there are more species of these wasps in the world than all the fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds combined! While you’re here:

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Golden hunting wasp (Sphictostethus sp.) looking for prey/host at Waitomo.

Golden hunting wasp (Sphictostethus sp.) looking for prey/host at Waitomo.


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