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Real-life aliens extremely efficient at turning their hosts into new parasites

Academics / General Science : Science Codex

The way parasitoid wasps feed may be gruesome, but it is an extremely efficient way to exploit prey, University of Exeter research has found. The wasps lay their eggs inside other animals and once the larvae hatches it starts feedin...

Parasite Wasps Sanitize Their Six-Legged Meal

Academics / General Science : Discover: Seriously, Science

The emerald cockroach wasp is a mother on a mission. This parasitic insect lays its eggs on cockroaches, but to minimize the risk of the host’s many microbes and pathogens to her eggs, the wasp does what many human mothers today wou...

Parasitic wasps use calcium pump to block fruit fly immunity

Academics / General Science : Science Codex

Parasitic wasps switch off the immune systems of fruit flies by draining calcium from the flies' blood cells, a finding that offers new insight into how pathogens break through a host's defenses. "We believe that we have discovered ...

Parasitic wasps vaccinate aphids by spreading anti-wasp bacteria

Academics / General Science : Not Exactly Rocket Science

A black bean aphid is about to have a rough day. It has been targeted by a parasitic wasp, which lays several eggs inside its body. When the eggs hatch, the wasp grubs will try to eat the aphid from the inside out. If they succeed, ...

Cunning super-parasitic wasps sniff out protected aphids and overwhelm their defenses

Academics / General Science : Science Codex

In the war between parasite and host, the parasitic wasp, Aphidius ervi, and the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, are locked in a battle for survival. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Biology shows t...

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