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European Paper Wasp Never Cries Wolf
2012-08-20 07:13:34

European paper wasps (Polistes dominula) advertise the size of their poison glands to potential predators, finds a new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal Frontiers in Zoology. The brighter the color, the larger the poison gland. Aposematism is used by many different animals to warn potential predators that they are poisonous. Usually this takes the form of distinctive coloration or patterns which predators quickly learn to avoid. Paper wasps have conspicuous yellow and...

Image 1 - Paper Wasps Learn Faces
2011-12-02 06:39:22

Researchers at the University of Michigan recently studied paper wasps and their ability to recognize wasp faces. They discovered that the species Polistes fuscatus has a special ability to learn faces and retain what they learn. According to Michael Sheehan, who worked on the research with evolutionary biologist Elizabeth Tibbetts, “Wasps and humans have independently evolved similar and very specialized face-learning mechanisms, despite the fact that everything about the way we see...

New Species Of Fungus Found In A Wasp Nest
2011-11-10 04:29:58

Mucor nidicola species previously unknown to science While some researchers look for new species in such exotic places as the deep sea, tropical regions, or extreme environments, a team headed by Tufts researchers turned their attention towards nests of an invasive paper wasp. What they found was a new species of fungus. Philip T. Starks, associate professor of biology at the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, and doctoral student Anne A. Madden published their discovery...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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