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2009-05-13 13:10:27

A recent study has shown that earwig mothers are able to detect odors from the unhealthiest "nymphs" of their brood and accordingly adjust their behavior to ensure that the fittest young receive more attention than their siblings. Though frequent amongst many higher classes of animals, this study was the first of its kind to demonstrate such behavior in insects. For earwig parents, it seems that the name of the game is favoritism.  When the mother detects chemical signals released from...

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2008-09-01 10:55:00

A new study by researchers at the University of Basel's Zoological Institute illustrates the complex nature of the relationship between parent and offspring, even among insects. The study found that larvae and nymphs actively solicit their parents for food, protection and affection, doing everything from kicking their mother in the face to hitting her with their antennae to get what they want. The research may hold clues about how such manipulation first evolved in certain species, including...