Wasps Squirt “Pepper Spray” From Heads in Fights, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: November 28, 2006   View Article

When female bethylid wasps are losing a vicious fight, they squirt an insect version of pepper spray from their heads before beating a retreat, new research suggests.

The chemical release is undetectable to humans, but it could represent a crucial behavior that may help biologists use the parasitic wasps as natural pest controls.

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