Back Porch Ecology
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Back Porch Ecology

Skewed Sexes, Parasitoids, and Polyembryony

The weird life of a tiny wasp sheds light on the evolution of social behavior in insects.

Photo by USGS on Unsplash

Parasitism is not a lifestyle that lends itself to sociality. Altruism does not seem like a viable behavior if the offspring will be competing for the same limited resource as those of their siblings. In the womb-like environment of the developing host, however, conditions are entirely different…

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Jimmy Candou

Jimmy Candou

A writer living in the PNW who just wants to tend to his garden.