Scientists in a buzz over wasps
LONDON: Recordbreaking wasps which rewrite the rules of insect behaviour have been discovered by British scientists – and they are truly eye-opening little creatures.
Fig wasps are the Usain Bolts of the insect world. They fly up to 150km in 48 hours, reaching speeds of some 25km/h as they get caught up in gusts sweeping deserts in their homeland of Namibia.
Biologists at the University of Leeds discovered not all fig wasps undertake the incredible journey. Lazy males are simply there for mating, then the females leave them to make the astonishing trip to pollinate farflung trees. – Daily Mail