A female wasp flies to a fig synconium and enters a hole at one end, causing her wings to break off. The female wasp lays eggs inside the synconium and eventually dies. Larvae take three to 20 weeks to develop. The adult male then chews its way out of the flower in which it hatched and creates a hole in another flower, allowing a female to exit. They mate and the female then moves toward the opening of the synconium. The male wasp enlarges the opening for her, allowing her to escape and fly to another synconium. The male remains inside where he dies. Adults live for only a few days.
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