Sandeep Ravindran

Wasp Bores Into Fruit With Metallic “Drill Bit”

To lay her eggs, the female parasitic fig wasp has to pierce the tough skin of unripe figs. Luckily, she has a built-in power tool: A drill-bit-like appendage that’s thinner than a human hair and tipped with zinc, a ...

World’s First Female “Penis” Found, in Cave-Dwelling Bugs

Scientists have discovered the first female “penis” in the animal kingdom, a new study says. Four new species of Brazilian cave-dwelling bugs have sex-reversed genitalia, so that the female uses her elaborate penis-like organ to penetrate the male’s vagina-like ...

Crazy Ants Smear Acid Over Themselves to Survive Fire Ants

Among all the invasive species on Earth, fire ants are among the most formidable. Solenopsis invicta, the red imported fire ant, has dominated the grasslands of the southern United States since the 1930s, using its deadly venom to keep other ...

Crazy Ants Smear Acid Over Themselves to Survive Fire Ants

Among all the invasive species on Earth, fire ants are among the most formidable. Solenopsis invicta, the red imported fire ant, has dominated the grasslands of the southern United States since the 1930s, using its deadly venom to keep other ...

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

Talk about a high-altitude buzz. Bumblebees may be capable of scaling Earth’s tallest peaks, flying higher than Mount Everest, according to new research. It’s difficult for most insects and birds to fly at extremely high altitudes where the ...

Bumblebees Can Fly Higher Than Mount Everest, Scientists Find

Talk about a high-altitude buzz. Bumblebees may be capable of scaling Earth’s tallest peaks, flying higher than Mount Everest, according to new research. It’s difficult for most insects and birds to fly at extremely high altitudes where the ...