New wasp may be a parasite of a parasite

Researchers have discovered a new species of wasp with a role in an insect horror story playing out on the stems and leaves of oak trees.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 28, 2020 ~10 min

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These leaf droplets are great food for insects

Tiny droplets on the edges of blueberry bush leaves offer beneficial insects more than a drink, research finds.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Sept. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Why wasps become so annoying at the end of summer

Finally we have a word to describe why wasps bother you in late summer: furlough.

Seirian Sumner, Professor of Behavioural Ecology, UCL • conversation
Aug. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Lockdown: Label showing plants safe for bees and butterflies

People enhancing their gardens during lockdown may not realise some plants have insecticides.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 8, 2020 ~2 min

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Do wasps have a queen like bees do?

Bees aren't the only species that has a queen.

Caralyn Zehnder, Lecturer in Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
March 5, 2020 ~4 min

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Wasp nests reveal the age of ancient Aboriginal rock art

The pigment in Gwion Gwion style rock art makes radiocarbon dating impossible. Instead, researchers used mud wasp nests to date the paintings.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~3 min

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Mudwasps used to date Australia's aboriginal rock art

Scientists use the remains of wasps’ nests to date Australia’s ancient aboriginal rock art.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Feb. 5, 2020 ~5 min

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Wasps: If you can't love them, at least admire them

They get a bad press compared with bees and beetles, but wasps are truly remarkable creatures.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Sept. 14, 2019 ~6 min

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Paper wasps pass logic test that honey bees flunk

Paper wasps are capable of what was a hallmark of human deductive powers: If A is greater than B, and B is greater than C, then A is greater than C.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~6 min

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