Latest Fig wasp Stories
Researchers are puzzled by a 115-million-year-old fossilized wasp from northeast Brazil. The puzzle rests in the wasp's ovipositor, the organ through which it lays its eggs. The fossilized wasp's ovipositor looks a lot like those of present-day wasps that lay their eggs in figs.
Researchers have confirmed a unique behavior within the male population of tiny fig wasps that pollinate fig trees – they team up to help pregnant females, even if they have not mated themselves.
The Fruits Magazine Pomology.org has newly included the category Fig to its collection of crops.
The world's oldest known example of a fig wasp has been found on the Isle of Wight.
Figs and fig wasps have evolved to help each other out: Fig wasps lay their eggs inside the fruit where the wasp larvae can safely develop, and in return, the wasps pollinate the figs.
Figs and the wasps that pollinate them present one of biologists' favorite examples of a beneficial relationship between two different species.
They may only be 1.5mm in size, but the tiny wasps that pollinate fig trees can travel over 160km in less than 48 hours.
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