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Image of the Day: Selfish Behavior
Staff | Jun 21, 2017
Wasps use figs as breeding safe havens, pollinating their fruit shelters in return. Some wasps, however, solipsistically use their figs without fertilizing any seeds.
Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting
Bob Grant | Jul 25, 2016
A study suggests that humans and avians in sub-Saharan Africa communicate to find and mutually benefit from the sweet booty.
Ashley P. Taylor | Mar 7, 2016
Parasitic mites that transmit a honey bee-infecting virus may benefit from spreading the pathogen, a study shows.
Mammal–Carnivorous Plant Mutualism
Bob Grant | Jul 13, 2015
A pitcher plant species in Borneo attracts bat inhabitants by reflecting sonar signals from the flying mammals, advertising a cozy roost, and getting nitrogen-rich guano in return.
Moths Are a Sloth’s Best Friend
Tracy Vence | Jan 22, 2014
Scientists propose that the three-toed sloth’s risky bathroom behavior is governed by mutualisms with moths and algae.
From Parasites to Protectors
Dan Cossins | Sep 9, 2013
Socially parasitic ants can serve as protective symbionts for their fungus-growing hosts in the face of attacks by predatory raiding species.
Week in Review, May 20–24
Bob Grant | May 24, 2013
Journals plagiarizing journals; new immune cells combat diabetes; TB-killing vitamin C; analog cell computers; real time fish memory; ant-pitcher plant mutualism
Ants on Burglar Watch
Kate Yandell | May 22, 2013
An ant species that lives on a carnivorous pitcher plant keeps nutrient thieves from escaping by eating them.