There are numerous popular articles claiming that the wasp Apocrypta Westwoodi Grandi features an ovipositor tipped with zinc. You can find such an article here. You can watch an impressive video here. Beyond that, I have found information on the genus to be sparse.
Yet my question is, how metallic tissue can be formed. The popular article claims actual zinc was detected. It seems unlikely to me, these creatures consistently find a source of zinc to feed from, so as to deposit zinc in their tissue. Even so, I don't understand how this zinc can be made to deposit at a specific point. The article clarifies:
With an x-ray detector and the electron microscope, they discovered the presence of zinc. It was only on the tips of the parasitic fig wasp’s ovipositors. Gundiah said, “We see it very consistently only at the tip and not anywhere else.”
I am no biologist, but, to my feeble understanding the only alternative is that the so called zinc is actually synthesised by the body as a protein normally is. Surely no atomic reactions could take place in the wasp! :-p Even teeth are mostly Ca5(PO4)3 OH, Calcium is found in plenty of our foods. Phosphorus is present in meats. But zinc? I totally don't understand it!