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Scientists Are Making Horrible Red-Eye Mutant Wasps Because Why the Hell Not

Listen, scientists. I appreciate what you do, and boy I sure do love that evidence-based pursuit of knowledge, but did you have to make mutant wasps? Did you? Read More >>

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Drones Built Like Squishy Bugs Won’t Break When They Crash

Like death and taxes, drone crashes are basically inevitable. Even experienced pilots aren’t immune to hardware failures or software problems. But instead of building drones stronger, or wrapping them in awkward safety cages, Swiss researchers have designed a flexible quadcopter that squishes when it crashes, minimising the damage it takes. Read More >>

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Diabolical Parasite Grows Inside Baby Wasps and Eats Their Brains to Escape

Scientists have discovered a parasitic insect with a reproductive strategy straight out of an Alien movie. Dubbed the “crypt-keeper wasp,” it infects a rival species with its young, which, after hatching, proceed to chew their way out through the victim’s head. Read More >>

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Um, This Wasp Species Has an Ant Head For an Arse

Most wasps do not have ant heads for arses. So, if you were a researcher digging through a museum collection and found a wasp with an ant head for an arse, you might be surprised. The researchers describing this wasp shouted “ay, caramba,” apparently. Read More >>

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Ancient Nightmare Wasp Is Like No Other Insect on Earth

Do not be alarmed by this heavily armed, parasitic wasp that bears no close relationship to any other organism, and is such a badass that it apparently traded flying for leaping like a grasshopper. Mercifully, Aptenoperissus burmanicus went extinct a long time ago. Read More >>

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Wasp Invasion Forces Passenger Jet to Make an Emergency Landing

If you've ever been stuck in a car going along a motorway with a wasp buzzing around inside the vehicle, you'll know just how stressful an experience it can be. Spare a thought then for the pilots of an Airbus A330 jet, who were plagued by a nest of the blighters, causing an aborted takeoff and emergency landing. Read More >>

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Wasps In Super Slow Motion Are 4,700 FPS of Freaky

It's a general rule that everything is better in slow motion, but at 4,700 frames a second, wasps just go from "creepy" to "still creepy." Read More >>

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Holy Hell, A Giant 22 Foot Wasp Nest Is the Most Terrifying Thing

Imagine walking into a room and stumbling straight into a wasp nest that's nearly 22 feet big. That's what happened in the Canary Islands. Neighbours had been growing concerned over a vacant home so they notified the police, and when they entered the home, they discovered the home wasn't empty at all. Rather, it was home to millions of wasps and the most alien-looking nest ever. Read More >>

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Holy Crap, Here’s a 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Eating a Wasp

100 million years ago, when dinosaurs were still around, this spider had captured a wasp in his web. The wasp was going to be the spider's dinner. The wasp was going to die watching the spider kill him. The wasp was going to — SPLAT. At that exact moment — one hundred freaking years ago — tree resin flowed over on top of them and froze the two bugs in time for us to see now. Read More >>

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Parasite Creates Wasp Zombie Queen

Wasps, like most insects have clear roles for each member of the colony. Basically, everybody makes sure the queen is doing OK making babies. Everything works like clockwork until a Svengali-like fly larva takes over a wasp and makes it do its bidding. Read More >>