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Adventive Aphid and Natural Enemy Found in Mississippi

November 28, 2019

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues have discovered, for the first time, an adventive—meaning it just…
Paper wasps capable of behavior that resembles logical reasoning

May 9, 2019

A new University of Michigan study provides the first evidence of transitive inference, the ability to use known…
New wasps named after biscuits and doctor who aliens

April 15, 2019

University of Adelaide researchers were inspired by everything from chocolate biscuits and Doctor Who aliens when choosing names…
MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug

December 10, 2018

The venom of insects such as wasps and bees is full of compounds that can kill bacteria. Unfortunately,…
Love vine sucks life from wasps, leaving only mummies

August 21, 2018

Early this spring, Rice University evolutionary biologist Scott Egan stood in a patch of live oak scrub habitat…
Drought driving more yellowjackets into backyards this year

August 16, 2018

Yellowjackets zeroing in on your steak and fruit salad as you dine al fresco can be irritating, but…
Mind-controlling molecules from wasp venom could someday help Parkinson’s patients

March 15, 2018

After being stung by a parasitic wasp, the American cockroach loses control of its behavior, becoming host to…
Animals shield their families from a harsh world

March 14, 2018

Biologists from the University of Bristol, the University of Exeter and UCL investigated an overlooked reason for widespread…
Team identifies new organelle in parasitic wasp venom

September 29, 2017

City College of New York biologist Shubha Govind and her research team have identified the composition of “virus-like particles” (VLPs)…
Parasitizing wasps offer hope against devastating lily beetle

July 11, 2017

Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle,…
Wasp venom holds clues on how genes get new jobs

June 26, 2017

Amid the incredible diversity of living things on our planet, there is a common theme. Organisms need to…
Researchers Create Red-eyed Mutant Wasps

April 20, 2017

Researchers at UC Riverside’s Akbari lab have brought a new strain of red-eyed mutant wasps into the world.…
Insidious wasp gets ahead by tunneling through host’s head

January 26, 2017

Gall wasps may feel confident as they infest oak trees for shelter and sustenance, but their wasp enemy…
Wasps, Ants, and Ani DiFranco

January 24, 2017

A University of California, Riverside graduate student has discovered several new species of wasps, including one that she…
Ancient wingless wasp, now extinct, is one of a kind

October 13, 2016

Researchers have identified a bizarre, parasitic wasp without wings preserved in 100-million-year-old amber, which seems to borrow parts…
Dishonesty is aggressively punished in the world of paper wasps

July 5, 2016

Is honesty really the best policy? Isn’t it more beneficial to cheat, if you can get away with…
Rediscovering a Wasp After 101 years

June 21, 2016

A species of wasp that is a natural enemy of a wood-boring beetle that kills black locust trees…
Tiny Wasp Battles Big Invasive Menace

May 26, 2016

A wispy wasp may pack a potent punch in the fight against the emerald ash borer (EAB), an…
Caught in the act: New wasp species emerging

October 31, 2015

The concept that biodiversity feeds upon itself is an old idea, but it’s difficult to prove because it…
Study Spells Out Why Some Insects Kill Their Mothers

October 31, 2015

One day a few years ago, while working on wasps in a rainforest in Costa Rica, entomologist Kevin…
A “One-stop Shop” for Wasp Identity Information

August 20, 2015

Determining the identity of parasitic wasps—some measuring less than a millimeter long—can be a time-consuming process that includes…
Tiny brains, but shared smarts

June 18, 2015

A solitary wasp–the kind that lives and forages for food alone–has a fairly small brain. Type out a…
Tropical wasps attack intruders with unfamiliar faces

February 4, 2015

The scientists went to the remote tropical forests of South East Asia to study this tiny wasp species,…
Detailed Images Aid Studies of Beneficial Wasps

August 26, 2014

Using specialized digital photography methods, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are producing high-resolution images of members of the wasp…
Wheatbelt bee and wasp networks may signal global change

June 19, 2014

Social networking is a buzz phrase right now, but a young researcher at The University of Western Australia…
Researchers find unique fore wing folding among Sub-Saharan African ensign wasps

May 5, 2014

Researchers discovered several possibly threatened new species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa. These wasps are the first…
More to biological diversity than meets the eye

March 17, 2014

Photo shows a female fly with a male inflorescence of a plant (Gurania spinulosa). Photo courtesy of Marty…
Almost 200 new species of parasitoid wasps named after local parataxonomists in Costa Rica

February 25, 2014

This image shows one of the new species Apanteles albanjimenezi, named after the parataxonomist Alban Jiménez in recognition…
Wasps use ancient aggression genes to create social groups

February 11, 2014

Aggression-causing genes appeared early in animal evolution and have maintained their roles for millions of years and across…
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