Turns out, mites are more than parasites for their host wasps, who use them as bodyguards.
Some parents go to extremes to protect their family — even packing heat. They ought to consider packing mites.
The mites that dwell in specialized pocketlike structures of the species of potter wasp Allodynerus delphinalis serve as bodyguards, attacking other wasps approaching the brood, reports a new study.
Researchers had thought that the rela