The Birds and the Parasitic Wasps
Where: Ryan's Daughter
350 E. 85th St.
212-628-2613 Price: Free, donations welcome
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Join taste of science as we dive into a non-traditional interpretation of the birds and the bees! We will be exploring how communication evolves between baby birds and their parents and digging into how parasitic wasps take over their hosts’ bodies.
Dr. Shana Caro: Is a baby bird trustworthy? And why should we care? I’ll be exploring how honest communication can evolve between individuals with conflicting interests, like baby birds and their parents.
Dr. Carly Tribull: Feasting on their host’s bodies, parasitoid wasps seem more like monsters out of science fiction than fairly common predators of the insect world. They have long fascinated entomologists and evolutionary biologists, and have captivated the public with both their gross-factor and usefulness in protecting our food crops from plant-eating pests. In this brief chat, learn about the diversity of these wasps and their hungry, hungry larvae (sorry, caterpillars). The presenter, Dr. Carly Tribull, is an entomologist at Farmingdale State College (SUNY), graduate of the American Museum of Natural History, and is a big fan of insects that make their business bursting out of other insects.Buy tickets/get more info now