Wind breaks and ground cover the key to beneficial wasps on farms
Farms with windbreaks with significant areas of ground cover vegetation have been shown to attract wasps that are beneficial to agricultural pest control, according to a new study from the University of Melbourne.
Indonesia enlists wasps in war on crop killer
They are the size of a pinhead and don't even pack a sting, but these tiny wasps are cold-blooded killers nonetheless. They work as nature's SWAT team, neutralizing a pest that threatens to destroy one of ...
Mown grass smell sends SOS for help in resisting insect attacks, researchers say
The smell of cut grass in recent years has been identified as the plant's way of signalling distress, but new research says the aroma also summons beneficial insects to the rescue.
Taking the 'sting' out of reproduction
(Phys.org) —Female parasitic wasps have more reproductive success when working together with other females, which can also explain sex biased reproduction, according to new research.
New parasitoid wasp species found in China
For the first time, wasps in the genus Spasskia (family: Braconidae) have been found in China, according to an article in the open-access Journal of Insect Science. In addition, a species in that genus which ...
Mustard plants have double defence against insect pests
Mustard plants have a double line of defence against foraging insects. The plants can release odours to attract miniscule wasps, which parasitise insect pest eggs. However, mustard plants also react by allowing cells to die, ...
'Bone-house wasp' uses dead ants to protect their nest
A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy, according to a recent study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ON ...
New wasp species may be friends of agriculture
University of Adelaide researchers have discovered large numbers of new species of tiny Australian parasitic wasps - some of which may have potential as new biological control agents of insect pests in agriculture.
Parasitic wasp turns roaches into zombie slaves using neurotoxic cocktail
For decades, scientists have tried to understand the complex and gruesome relationship between the parasitic emerald wasp Ampulex compressa and its much larger victim, the common household cockroach Peripl ...
Parasitic fig wasps bore with zinc hardened drill bit tips
Female insects have one goal in life: to find the best place to lay their eggs. For fig wasps, that is the developing fruit of the luscious fig plant. However, when one particular parasitic fig wasp (Apocryta westwoodi gr ...
Wyoming, Brazilian scientists discover new wasps
Field work in the cloud forests of Ecuador by scientists from Wyoming and Brazil has led to the discovery of wasps that mummify caterpillars.
Asian hornet hasn't yet spread from France to the UK
Vespa velutina, the Asian hornet, arrived in France around 2005 and has since spread throughout the north of the country. It has not yet been spotted in the UK.
Mummy-making wasps discovered in Ecuador
Some Ecuadorian tribes were famous for making mummified shrunken heads from the remains of their conquered foes. Field work in the cloud forests of Ecuador by Professor Scott Shaw, University of Wyoming, ...
Researchers find unique fore wing folding among Sub-Saharan African ensign wasps
(Phys.org) —Researchers discovered several possibly threatened new species of ensign wasps from Sub-Saharan Africa—the first known insects to exhibit transverse folding of the fore wing. The scientists ...