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War Dance of the Honeybee

By Karl Gruber | February 1, 2018

One species has developed a novel waggle to warn about invading wasps.

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Bees Under Attack

By The Scientist Staff | January 31, 2018

Japanese honeybees (Apis cerana japonica) respond to an attack by a Vespa mandarinia wasp.

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Image of the Day: Bad House Guest

By The Scientist Staff | October 9, 2017

Parasitoid wasps inoculate other insects with their eggs, and their offspring then grow to feed on their "homes," effectively sucking the life out of their dying hosts.

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How Bacteria in Flies Kill Parasitic Wasps

By Shawna Williams | July 10, 2017

Ribosome-inactivating proteins from symbiotic bacteria leave their hosts unharmed.

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Genes Tied to Wasps Recognizing Faces

By Ashley P. Taylor | June 14, 2017

The brains of Polistes paper wasps express different genes when identifying faces than when distinguishing between simple patterns, a study finds.

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Study: One Wasp Takes Control of Another

By Jef Akst | January 25, 2017

Crypt keeper wasps appear to command crypt gall wasps to dig exit tunnels on their behalf.

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Parasite’s Genes Persist in Host Genomes

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | September 17, 2015

Researchers find evidence of gene flow from parasitoid wasps to the butterflies and moths they lay eggs in.

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Celebrating New Species

By Jenny Rood | May 21, 2015

An international panel of scientists selects the 10 most interesting organisms discovered last year.

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Sequencing the Underdogs

By Ed Yong | March 8, 2013

Transcriptome studies reveal new insights about unusual animals whose genomes have not been sequenced.

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Yeast's Wasp Winter Retreat

By Hayley Dunning | July 30, 2012

Wasps harbor yeast in their guts all winter long, then spread the microbes among wineries and vineyards.

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