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Wasps Help Fig Trees Have Sex Over Long Distances

First Posted: 04/03/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:20 PM ET

In an environment full of pollinator promiscuity, the symbiotic relationship between the wasp and fig compel a loyalty uncommon in the natural world--their life-cycles so inexorably intertwined. The fig tree, which serves as a nest for the wasp eggs, only opens its pollen-rich male flowers once the wasps are born.

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Filed by Katherine Goldstein  |