How parasitic wasps find their hosts

J. H. Tumlinson, W. J. Lewis, L. E.M. Vet

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Parasitic wasps and their hosts play a game of survival that has drawn some entrepreneurial human spectators. The wasps locate concealed caterpillars by following chemical messages released by the plants on which they feed. After stinging their prey, the wasps lay eggs in the helpless victims. Biotechnologists hope they can exploit this relation to establish pesticide-free pest control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-106+4
JournalScientific American
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1993

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