Who knew wasps could be so entertaining…
Know I didn’t.
‘Angry birding’ some annoying ants?
Wasps play that.
That’s the strategy of the common yellow jacket wasp when competing with ants for food, researchers report today (March 29) in the Journal of the Royal Society Biology Letters.
The wasp, also known as Vespula vulgaris, is native to the Northern Hemisphere, but has invaded temperate areas in the Southern Hemisphere, including New Zealand, where the drag-and-drop behavior was observed.
This is the first time wasps have been seen physically relocating ants in an attempt to compete for food, said study author Julien Grangier, a postdoctoral fellow at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. The unexpected flight, which leaves ants confused but usually unharmed, also reveals the invasive wasps’ cleverness, Grangier said.
“Our results suggest that these wasps can assess the degree and type of competition they are facing and adapt their behavior accordingly,” Grangier told LiveScience. [Read More]
Too funny – Love me some wasps!
Wait–What’d I say?