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Fossil Evidence Indicates Fig Wasps Were Here Long Before Fig Trees
2013-12-06 07:57:54

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.

2011-12-01 19:06:40

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.

2011-10-21 07:00:00

The Fruits Magazine Pomology.org has newly included the category Fig to its collection of crops.

2010-06-16 13:55:47

The world's oldest known example of a fig wasp has been found on the Isle of Wight.

2010-01-28 10:26:09

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.

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2010-01-15 09:04:30

Figs and the wasps that pollinate them present one of biologists' favorite examples of a beneficial relationship between two different species.

2009-11-09 15:34:49

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.


Word of the Day
begunk
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.