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Everyone who has ever been camping or walking in the wild with friends can't have failed to notice how insects seem to prefer some people's flesh to others. How do they choose their victims and why?
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Two people have been praised for the quick actions of helping a man stung about 30 times in a Waitati wasp attack.
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A tourist in Marlborough made an early call to 111 after finding a swarm of wasps in his campervan.
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Dr Bob Brown has been excavating wasp nests around New Zealand to discover more about a newly recognised mite species. The mites could be a promising biocontrol agent against the pest.
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It seems Ebola and terrorism may have lost their scare factor. That is because journalists have once again turned to arachnophobia. “Brazilian Wandering spider found under a bunch of bananas in home delivery,” said one newspaper recently.
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It sounded like another domestic violence case for police in Australia after multiple calls about a man shouting "I'm going to kill you, you are dead", along with high pitched screams plus furniture being tossed around - however all was not as it seemed.
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The team first had to remove the yeast from the wasp. To do this, the wasps had to be killed, ground down, and then placed in a nutrient solution—where the yeast and bacteria grew. The scientists isolated and removed the yeast, tested it to be sure it was safe, and used it to make beer.
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Every year the Australian Reptile Park puts out an unusual call to members of the public asking for help in catching the funnel-web spider, one of the deadliest species in the country. But how exactly do you go about capturing a dangerous arachnid - and more importantly, why would you?
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The team, from the University of Bristol, found that raindrops kick off very fast vibrations in the lid of the plant's jug-shaped leaves. This propels ants from the lid into the pitcher trap below, where they drown and are consumed by digestive juices.
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