You might be surprised by just how alike the world's homeliest rodent species is to many colony-building insect species.
If you're a fruit fly, literally dousing your offspring in alcohol is apparently one of the best ways to protect them from danger...
Nature can sometimes be a scary place, particularly if you are the sort of insect that parasitic wasp larvae enjoy eating - alive!
In evolutionary terms, a "successful" organism is one that passes on its genes -- not necessarily one that lives a long life.
Have you heard the urban legend that the little crunchy seeds in figs are really wasp eggs?
Do you shoo away wasps because you're afraid of a nasty sting? Well you can breathe a little easier now. Find out why!
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.
Everyone knows that bees and wasps, and even some ants, can sting; but how much do you know about stinging caterpillars?
In most species of social insects, such as wasps, bees, and ants, the females rule. The females are the workers.
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.