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Posts tagged wasps

February 21, 2014

 

A naked mole rat in profile eating cheese

What Do Naked Mole Rats And Ants Have In Common?

You might be surprised by just how alike the world's homeliest rodent species is to many colony-building insect species.

August 7, 2013

 

Fruit flies on an orange

Fruit Flies Love Alcohol!

If you're a fruit fly, literally dousing your offspring in alcohol is apparently one of the best ways to protect them from danger...

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!

April 17, 2009

 

Pollen covered honey bee

Die, Bee, Die!

In evolutionary terms, a "successful" organism is one that passes on its genes -- not necessarily one that lives a long life.

November 19, 2007

 

Fresh Fig Split Open

Figs and Agaonid Wasps

Have you heard the urban legend that the little crunchy seeds in figs are really wasp eggs?

August 13, 2006

 

a wasp preying on a catepillar

Wasp Hounds

Do you shoo away wasps because you're afraid of a nasty sting? Well you can breathe a little easier now. Find out why!

September 27, 2003

 

Fake Date

Campsoscolia ciliata is a type of wasp. The plant that runs it through a fake-out mating routine is the Ophrys speculum. Learn more on this Moment of Science.

September 27, 2003

 

Stinging Caterpillars

Everyone knows that bees and wasps, and even some ants, can sting; but how much do you know about stinging caterpillars?

September 27, 2003

 

Males Rule in Costa Rican Wasp Species

In most species of social insects, such as wasps, bees, and ants, the females rule. The females are the workers.

September 27, 2003

 

The Spider: Predator or Prey?

A female wasp stings a spider in her own web, temporarily paralyzing her. Then the wasp lays an egg on the spider’s abdomen. The paralysis wears off, and the spider gets up and goes about her business as usual.

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