Most dried figs you eat contain at least one dead body of a mature female pollinating wasp. This is because the female wasp pushes her way through a small natural opening in the immature fruit of the fig, often losing her wings and most of her antennae, in order to lay her eggs. In doing this, she also deposits pollen from the host fig, which pollinates the female flowers on the inside surface of the fig. As soon as she has laid her eggs, she dies.
But there is more tragedy to come, as the wasp eggs hatch and some of them are males, who immediately mate with the females as soon as they pass the pupal stage and tunnel out of the fig. The males are wingless and cannot survive outside of the fig and so die, but their tunnels allow the females to escape and fly to other fig trees, picking up pollen from their original tree, as they go.
But for any very strict vegan fresh fig-lovers now feeling a little worried, fresh figs, including the popular Turkey fig (pictured), are usually self-pollinating (parthenocarpic) and so are not visited by fig wasps at all! It is only figs like the Smyrna fig, which is grown mainly for drying, which contain the wasps.