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pcarney
February 3rd, 2006, 07:59 AM
If this isn't a germ for 1/2 a dozen stories, I don't know what is..
http://loom.corante.com/archives/2006/02/02/the_wisdom_of_parasites.php

Hereford Eye
February 3rd, 2006, 08:30 AM
Imagine the evolutionary paths taken to reach this arrangement. The first thing that comes to mind - anthropomorphizing as usual - is a conversation:
"Honey, we need to think about some furniture for the baby's room."
"You're pregnant? How did that happen?"
"I'll explain it later, dear; right now we need to think about a crib."
"I haven't got a clue about that sort of thing. Can't go down to the store and buy one, we haven't invented stores yet, much less money to buy things with. And, if we had, I'd probably have to have a job. Don't get me started on that."
"Never mind, I'll do it myself. Your taste in furniture hasn't progressed from your mother's and her taste.."
"Let's not start on my mother, again, okay?"
"Well, until I get my child's future arranged, you can forget about any mating flights."
"Wait a minute, let's don't get overly excited here.."

And so on.

Imagine the number of times some wasps had to sting some roaches before they figured out precisely where to insert tab a into slot b. Unless of course, this particularly wasp type is a whole lot smarter than the average wasp type, which they may well be. Look how long it took us to learn brain surgery and they've been at it for millenia.