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Wasps Turn Spiders Into Zombies By Hacking Into Their Brains

How are zombies made? Scientists find out by observing wasps as they 'zombify' spiders to do the hard work for them and build their pupa's protective webs.

Animals May 1, 2019

Newly Identified Wasp Turns Spiders Into Zombie Slaves

Researchers have found a more complex behavior of newly discovered wasps on social spiders. These parasitic creatures lay eggs on the arachnids and when these hatch, they feed on the host.

Animals November 28, 2018

Ancient Parasitic Wasps Found Inside Fly Fossils, Named Xenomorphia After 'Alien' Movies

A team of researchers discovered four new species of ancient parasitic wasps while examining fly pupae fossils. The insects were named after the terrifying creatures in the 'Aliens' movies because they also burst out of their hosts.

Ancient August 29, 2018

New Breed Of Wasp With Exceptionally Large Stinger Discovered In The Amazon

Scientists discovered a new breed of wasp in the Amazonian rainforest that have exceptionally long stinger. The stinger is used not only to inject venom to the enemy but also to lay eggs.

Animals July 7, 2018

Is This Dr. Seuss' Flower? Truffula Tree-Like Object Spotted At Texas Park

An object that looks like the Truffula tree in Dr. Seuss' children's book 'The Lorax' was spotted at the Atlanta State Park. Park authorities said it is an abnormal plant growth but what exactly is it?

Earth/Environment March 18, 2017

Invasive Asian Hornets Heading To UK: How To Keep Them Out Of The Garden

Asian hornets are set to fly to the UK anytime soon. Protecting gardens is an important step in preventing possible attacks from these insects.

Earth/Environment March 3, 2016

Asian Hornets That Can Kill 50 Honeybees Per Day Likely To Invade Britain

Asian hornets, who feast on up to 50 honeybees each every day, could be on their way to the United Kingdom. The invasion of these non-native species, which have already caused bird extinctions over the past centuries, spells bad news for pollinators.

Earth/Environment March 1, 2016

High-Speed Video Reveals How Wasps Navigate Way To Their Nest

Using high-speed video, researchers captured the learning flights of wasps, which lend insight into their internal navigation. How do these insects find their way home?

Animals February 13, 2016

Science Images Of The Week: Songbirds, Stars, Storms And Sperm

This week's images go from macro to micro in a major way. From dead galaxies to mouse gametes, we've got it all.

Space November 20, 2015

Researchers In India Discover New Group Of Wasp Species

Five new wasp species that specifically target and parasitize spider eggs have been discovered in India. Researchers believe that there are more than a thousand species of this genus in the region.

Animals November 11, 2015

Large European Hornets Attack, Sting Man 37 Times

David Williams-Jones, a 42-year-old from Newport, said he accidentally stood on a nest and was attacked by large European hornets while visiting Kenfig National Nature Reserve. He was with Harvey, his 10-year-old son, during the incident.

Animals October 26, 2015

Deadly Wasp Turns Spiders Into Obedient Zombie Slaves

The larva of the Reclinervellus nielseni wasp has been found to manipulate the behavior of spiders using natural secretions in order to force the arachnids to build them new habitats, according to a new study conducted by researchers in Japan.

Earth/Environment August 6, 2015

Wasps Use Facial Recognition To Spot Intruders

Facial recognition is used by wasps more than scent to protect their nests. What advantage does facial recognition have over smell?

February 5, 2015

Enormous yellow-jacket wasp hive gets removed from camper

A man in California found an enormous wasp nest on his land. Pest control worker Eric McCool estimated that more than 400,000 wasps lived in the nest.

November 7, 2014

Shocker! Huge nest of 5,000 wasps found in British bedroom

Unused bedroom of British home where window was left open attracts thousand of wasps. Over 3 months, the insects built a giant 3-foot nest on a bed.

Animals August 31, 2014

Forget bedbugs: More than 5000 wasps turn this bed into giant nest

An English family was startled to find a 3-foot wasps' nest inside of its guest room.

Life August 29, 2014

Nightmare wasp builds nest from corpses... dead ant, dead ant...

The bone-head wasp builds its nests, at least in part, from the bodies of dead ants. But why?

Animals July 6, 2014

Parasitic wasp uses zinc-tipped ovipositor to drill into fruits. Scientists stunned by discovery

Parasitic fig wasps use zinc to drill, in order to lay eggs. This is the story of that unique insect.

Animals May 29, 2014

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