Male fig wasps can get pretty aggressive around mating season. The wasps will actually behead other male fig wasps as well as wasps in their own species. The reason for such aggressive behavior may be due to their short life span- male fig wasps only live for several days, while the females are not as abundant.




New Scientist

Armoured wasps chop off opponents’ heads in brutal fig wars

James Cook of the University of Reading, UK, and his colleagues found that some male fig wasps go on the rampage when looking for a mate, often decapitating males from different species, as well as beheading rival males from their own species. Fighting …

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