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2008-09-02 09:51:25

A tiny wasp that lays its eggs under the skin of unwitting caterpillars belongs to one of the most diverse groups of insects on Earth. Now researchers report that its diversity is even higher than previously thought. By combining ecological and genetic data with the painstaking detective work of taxonomy, the researchers have dramatically increased "“ nearly doubling "“ the estimated number of species reported of six very species-rich genera of parasitoid wasps. The subfamily to...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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