How scientists deciphered the "waggle dance" language of bees

This is one of the most succinct and interesting videos I've ever seen about how bees communicate with each other. Using a series of precise dance moves, they inform their hive mates about the locations of food sources. The vid was made by researchers working with a group at Georgia Tech called the Multi-Agent… » 1/17/12 7:40am 1/17/12 7:40am

How wasps produce their own antibiotics


We already know wasps are evil incarnate, but according to new research, they may yet have some redeeming features. Female beewolf digger wasps have colonies of symbiotic bacteria that inhabit their antennae and the wasps secrete this bacterial cocktail into the cocoons of their offspring. The bacteria create a potent … » 4/15/11 10:43am 4/15/11 10:43am

Bacteria that turns flies into sex-crazed super-breeders


The whitefly is a major agricultural pest, and over the last six years Southwest of America has seen the near total infection of the species by a symbiotic bacteria, which makes them super-breeders. The bacterium Rickettsia bellii was originally spotted in just a few specimens in 2000, but by 2006 was in 97% of the… » 4/08/11 7:30am 4/08/11 7:30am

How fire ants invaded North America, then the world, in just a few…

The insect known as S. invicta, or the fire ant, will bite the crap out of you, join up with its buddies to swarm everywhere, and ruin everything in its path. And they're everywhere! The truly scary part is that they didn't used to be so ubiquitous - in fact, fire ants used to live in a relatively small area in… » 2/24/11 3:23pm 2/24/11 3:23pm