Sci­en­tists in a buzz over wasps

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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

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