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How tiny wasps cope with being smaller than amoebas



"Thrips are tiny insects, typically just a millimetre in length. Some are barely half that size. If that’s how big the adults are, imagine how small a thrips’ egg must be. Now, consider that there are insects that lay their eggs inside the egg of a thrips."

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That. Is. Cool. The tiny beastie appeals to my feminine desire for miniaturisation,
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I remember these from my food sciences lab in college: We took frozen commercial blackberries and did extractions to count insect parts - a few fly parts and LOTS of thrips, which hide out in the berries. I must have eaten million of these with all the organic blackberries and raspberries I've eaten!
 
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I bet thrips contribute some nutritional component to our diets. B12 source for vegans, anyway...
 
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