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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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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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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