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Parasitic wasps turn other insects into ‘zombies,’ saving millions of humans along the way

The diaphanous wings and striking markings of this parasitic wasp (Arotes decorus) belie its gruesome nature. (Shutterstock) Dylan Miller, Dalhousie University and Shelley Adamo, Dalhousie University Wasps have a reputation for being jerks because of their perceived aggressiveness and ability to sting repeatedly. They’re often negatively compared with the honey production and agricultural pollination of bees. If wasps are jerks, …

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Why wasps become so annoying at the end of summer

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Sascha Burkard/Shutterstock.com Seirian Sumner, UCL The sausages are sizzling, the burgers browned, and the beer is cold. You’re all set for the perfect end-of-summer BBQ. Alfresco dining, drinks in a garden of a country pub, ice-creams – we grasp at the last shreds of summer, precious times with loved ones before an uncertain winter of local lockdowns and Zoom. And …

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