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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.

November 19, 2004


Ant Intrigue

Ants are more interesting than you might think. Learn about them on this Moment of Science.

November 21, 2003


The Mighty Oxpecker

Learn about the Oxpecker on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003


Invasive Species and Parasites

Why do invasive species adapt so well to their new environments? Find out on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003


The Math of Predator and Prey

For decades, mathematical ecologists struggling to formulate equations that accurately describe the relationship between predator and prey have come up against the following paradox: if the predators are too successful, the prey population dies out, and then the predators end up starving.

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