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Photo via Northrup Spiders spend a lot of time crafting their webs in hopes of making a meal out of all manner of winged insect--but a recently discovered species of wasp is found to use the spider's engineering prowess to its own advantage. Through a not yet understood chemical process, the wasps are able to, quite literally, enslave the unsuspecting spiders to build a nest for their larva, and after all that hard work, become their first meal. Sure, it seems pretty dastardly, but researchers say it's evolution.According to a study published by a Brazilian team in the Journal of Natural History , and reported by Correio Braziliense , the newly discovered wasp species, a member of the Hymenoptera family, is able to control some spiders through a chemical process that remains a mystery. How the Wasp Enslaves the Spider A female wasp will target a spider and immobilize it with an unknown venom injected into its mouth--at which point the wasp lays its eggs on the spider's abdomen.
Nairobi - Mit ihrem Hunger helfen sie dabei, den Hunger der Welt zu stillen. Weil Bienen auf Eiweiß angewiesen sind, tragen sie - sozusagen nebenbei - Pollen von Pflanze zu Pflanze. Als Bestäuber sichern die kleinen Insekten damit das Überleben von Wild- und Kulturpflanzen - und damit unsere Nahrungsgrundlage. Doch seit Jahren leiden die Bienenvölker, vor allem Europa und Nordamerika wurden von einem großflächigen Bienensterben heimgesucht.