Cannibal wasps ‘routinely’ eat siblings in nest, researchers find

Some 75 per cent of larval death was identified as sibling cannibalism, reports Matt Mathers

Thursday 19 May 2022 00:13
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Wasp larvae “routinely” eat their siblings as they battle to make the transition to insects, a study has found.

Researchers at the Department of Biosphere Science at Kobe College in Japan examined brood reduction in wasps.

They looked at one species in particular, Isdontia harmandi, to determine how much brood reduction is linked to sibling cannibalism.

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