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October 31, 2011

 

Caterpillar on leaf with wasp larvae erupting from body

Eaten Alive

Nature can sometimes be a scary place, particularly if you are the sort of insect that parasitic wasp larvae enjoy eating - alive!

June 9, 2011

 

Chimp walking around

The Positives And Negatives Of Being A High Ranking Chimp

Any chimpanzee from Kibale National Park in Uganda will tell you, being top banana has its advantages. But, there are many disadvantages as well.

June 25, 2010

 

126-Vulture

Why Don’t Vultures Get Food Poisoning?

How do vultures avoid getting sick since they are known as nature's "clean up crew?"

July 7, 2009

 

Reindeer

Sneaky Botflies and Clever Reindeer

Botflies are parasites that deposit larvae inside the noses of their hosts, including reindeer. To adapt, the deer learn elaborate behaviors to avoid the flies.

August 18, 2008

 

Reddish Ant on a Leaf

Parasites that Turn Ants into Berries!

Scientists working in Panama have discovered a parasitic worm that infects a certain species of ant, altering the ant to look like a red, ripe berry.

November 27, 2007

 

Close up of eyelash with mascara

There Might Be Mites in Those Eyelashes

Your face might be home to a group of tiny creatures! These organisms, called demodicids, or eyelash mites, live on the bodies of even the cleanest of people.

July 17, 2007

 

Close up of giant water bug

Fasting Fathers

As part of the mating process, female giant water bugs latch onto male water bugs and cement as many as one hundred and fifty eggs to his back, then leaves.

March 20, 2007

 

3 cleaner wrasse cleaning a potato cod

Cleaner Wrasse

Step (or swim) right up for a free scale cleaning! Cleaner wrasse provide a very valuable service for their underwater clients.

November 14, 2006

 

a red parasite plant grows on a juniper tree

Plants on Plants

Some plants have parasitic behavior that destroys their plant hosts, but are there benefits too?

January 27, 2005

 

Ashes, Ashes

According to some historians, "Ring Around the Rosy" is a song about the plague that wiped out nearly half the population of Europe during the Middle Ages.

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