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Tag Archives: Hymenoptera
Why do social insects die facefirst in the nest?
Written by Joe Ballenger First and foremost, I’m really glad we got this question: From: Katharine I’ve been keeping an eye on a wasp nest in my grandmother’s yard for a while. Since we just had a cold snap, I … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology Tagged Beneficial Insects, Death, Hymenoptera, Wasps 1 Comment
Why can’t male bees (or wasps) sting?
@BugQuestions I heard male bees don’t have stingers. Is that true of all bees or just some species? — Kristen Bower (@krbower) September 6, 2015 This question came to us over Twitter, and given my recent post about bee genetics … Continue reading
Posted in Developmental Biology, Evolution, Physiology Tagged Bees, Beneficial Insects, Defenses, Human Evolution, Hymenoptera, Sexual Dimorphism, Wasps 3 Comments
What did these wasps manage to get themselves stuck in?
We get a lot of neat pictures in our inbox, and I think this is one of the cooler images we’ve gotten because there’s a lot going on in this picture. I’m not 100% certain of what the wasps are … Continue reading
Posted in Chemistry, Ecology, Education, Taxonomy Tagged Beneficial Insects, Biochemistry, Cockroach, Hymenoptera, Physiology Leave a comment
Everything You Wanted to Know About Colony Collapse Disorder.
Written by Joe Ballenger Today’s post is a little bit different than our other posts, mostly because we’re doing it on a podcast instead of text. A few months ago, we got a question from Peter Bryant of the Mythwits … Continue reading
The perfect April Fool’s day post: What’s going on in this video?
In our email on Monday, we received a message from Mike Menefee with a link to this video: I witnessed (and videoed) an interesting interaction today between a wasp and a fly. They seemed to be working together in some … Continue reading
Posted in Behavior, Ecology, Physiology Tagged Butterflies, Butterflies and Moths, Butterfly, Chemical ecology, Diptera, Flies, Hymenoptera, Kleptoparasitism, Parasites, Spiders, Wasps Leave a comment