parasites
Image of the Day: Hold My Brood
Image of the Day: Hold My Brood
The Scientist Staff | May 9, 2018
Cuckoo catfish trick cichlids into caring for their eggs in a strategy known as brood parasitism.
Image of the Day: Bad House Guest
Image of the Day: Bad House Guest
The Scientist Staff | Oct 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.
Image of the Day: Better Together
Image of the Day: Better Together
The Scientist Staff | Oct 5, 2017
When it comes to thwarting roundworms, scientists find that combining four antiparasitic drugs in smaller doses packs a greater punch than the four drugs alone.
Study: Bumblebee Species Declining Worldwide
Study: Bumblebee Species Declining Worldwide
Aggie Mika | Jul 20, 2017
The first global evaluation of populations demonstrates that certain species are diminishing considerably.
This Parasitic Plant Steals More Than Nutrients From Its Hosts
This Parasitic Plant Steals More Than Nutrients From Its Hosts
David Smith | Feb 1, 2017
The plant Lophophytum pilfers mitochondrial genes from the species it parasitizes.
Study: One Wasp Takes Control of Another
Study: One Wasp Takes Control of Another
Jef Akst | Jan 25, 2017
Crypt keeper wasps appear to command crypt gall wasps to dig exit tunnels on their behalf.
Slumber Numbers
Slumber Numbers
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2016
Ideas abound for why some animal species sleep so much more than others, but definitive data are elusive.
NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas
NYC Rats Harbor Plague Fleas
Bob Grant | Mar 3, 2015
Researchers find Oriental rat fleas, the insects that can carry plague bacteria, on New York City-dwelling rodents.
The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse
The Ultimate Game of Cat and Mouse
Erin Weeks | Sep 18, 2013
Toxoplasma gondii seems to cause hard-wired changes in the brains of mice that persist even after the parasite is gone.
Ants on Burglar Watch
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.