Video: Paper Wasps Get Tiny Backpacks for Study on Animal Altruism

Published 9 Mar 2018, 13:44 GMT
Video: Paper Wasps Get Tiny Backpacks for Study on Animal Altruism
Video: Paper Wasps Get Tiny Backpacks for Study on Animal Altruism

How do you track the location of thousands of wasps? A dab of super glue, and tiny radio transmitter backpacks. National Geographic Explorer Patrick Kennedy followed the movements of paper wasps to try to unravel the origin of animal altruism. Think of the transmitters as a bit like a mini oyster card - it tracks where the wasps travel.

Wasps are highly social and cooperative creatures, and this behaviour may evolve to deal with a risky world. Unpredictable environments may cause animals to come together and help each other out, even at the expense of their own wellbeing to help ensure the survival of their close relatives.

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