Paper Wasps Beg Their Young for a Saliva Snack

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: August 17, 2005   View Article

Parents across the globe usually take their role as providers very seriously. But in an unusual role reversal, paper wasp queens beg their young for a meal.

When they get peckish, the queens wag their abdomens across their nests, creating vibrations that “ask” for a nutritious saliva snack.

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