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World Of Fairyflies Has A New Representative: Tinkerbella Nana
2013-04-24 13:35:49

Mymaridae, commonly known as fairyflies, are one of about 18 families of chalcid wasps. Fairyflies occur worldwide, except in Antarctica.

2013-04-10 16:18:02

Scientists at The University of Manchester have found evidence of the genetic basis of the evolutionary arms-race between parasitoids and their aphid hosts.

Name Of A New Parasitoid Wasp Species Inspired By 'Kill Bill' Character
2013-03-19 13:18:07

1 of 3 recently discovered wasp species was named after Beatrix Kiddo, referring to the deadly parasitoid practices of the animal

New Wasp Species Found In 1930s Field Box
2013-03-19 04:49:57

A new study describes nine new species of extremely rare Mayrellinid wasps. Mayrellinids are under-represented in museum collections with most species being known from only a single specimen.

2013-02-26 10:42:38

New research delivers a sting in the tail for queen wasps.

Fruit Flies Force Their Young To Get Liquored-up For Their Own Good
2013-02-22 10:59:06

When fruit flies sense parasitic wasps in their environment, they lay their eggs in an alcohol-soaked environment, essentially forcing their larvae to consume booze as a drug to combat the deadly wasps.

Finding Mr. Right: Understanding The Evolution Of Sex Pheromones In Wasps
2013-02-14 08:33:16

When it comes to finding the perfect mate in the insect world, especially for a member of one particular wasp species, it only takes a whiff of the special love potion to know you have found "Mr. Right."

Predator Wasps Disguise As Ants To Hunt And Capture Prey
2013-02-04 12:36:11

Two wasp species, Calymmochilus dispar and Gelis apterus, have been recorded as parasitoids on ant-eating spiders in a study published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

Emerald Cockroach Wasp Is Both Neurochemist And Microbiologist
2013-01-09 18:41:47

We all remember the dinner scene in the hit 1979 film ‘Alien’. Everything seemed fine, when all of a sudden an alien parasite emerged from the chest cavity of Ian Holm. Right here on earth, in the insect world, this phenomenon appears to be nothing new.

Rearing Technique Could Help Biocontrol Wasp's Commercial Prospects
2012-10-09 17:46:56

Two to three millimeters long, the parasitoid wasp Habrobracon hebetor is a top candidate for use in programs to biologically control Indianmeal moths and other stored-product pests.


Latest Wasp Reference Libraries

Orchard Mason Bee, Osmia lignaria
2013-07-10 14:38:22

The orchard mason bee (Osmia lignaria), also known as the blue orchard bee, is a species of megachilid bee that is native to North America. Its range extends across the Rocky Mountains, where two subspecies are located. The nests of this species are made in natural hollows in which the bees will make separate rooms for larvae by creating walls with mud. The orchard mason bee can first be seen the early spring months, when temperatures reach about fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit. Males leave...

Scutigera coleoptrata
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: House Centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata. Credit: Bruce Marlin/Wikipedia  (CC BY 3.0) Scutigera coleoptrata is one of many species of house centipedes. This species is native to the Mediterranean, but it is capable of moving to other region of the world including most of Europe, South America, North America, and Asia. It is thought to have first ventured from its native range into Mexico and Guatemala, and its range has now stretched into Argentina in the south and Canada in...

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2009-01-17 15:59:33

The European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster) is a species of bird in the bee-eater family Meropidae. It is found in southern Europe and in parts of north Africa and western Asia. It is highly migratory and winters in tropical Africa, India and Sri Lanka. It is an occasional visitor north of its range and some individuals may breed in northwest Europe. It is a richly colored and slender bird, like other bee-eaters. It has brown and yellow upperparts, green wings and a black beak. It is 10.5 to...

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2009-01-17 15:43:38

The Red-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis amictus) is a species of bird found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-east Asia. Its natural habitat is open patches of dense forest. It nests in burrows tunneled into the side of sandy banks. It does not form colonies. Like other bee-eaters, the Red-bearded Bee-eater is colorful and has a long tail. Its beak is curved downward and it has pointed wings. It is mostly green, with red coloration to the face that extends on to the throat feathers...

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2005-09-12 10:21:44

Spider wasps, also called pompilid wasps or spider-hunting wasps, are insects belonging to a diverse family named Pompilidae, of the order Hymenoptera. Spider wasps are sometimes distinct from other wasps in features such as eye structure (no notch as in Family Vespidae), legs modified for grooming, and in having a groove dividing the mesopleuron (a region of the thorax) into halves. Larvae can also be identified by physical examination. Females are often larger than the males, with...

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  • One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
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